A full meal is incomplete without the quintessential curd rice. When you eat at home, you will always hear the elders tell you that having curd rice is the right way to complete a meal. Curdled milk or curd is an essential part of the Indian diet, especially in the southern part of India.
Curd is added to the meal in many ways. Plain curd is mixed with rice to make curd rice. Sometimes, it is garnished with mustard seeds, oil, curry leaves and flax seeds or jeera for taste. Cucumber pieces, pomegranate seeds, grapes can also be added to curd rice to make it tastier.
What are the health benefits of curd rice?
Curd rice increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. This neuro transmitter relaxes you and gives you a good feeling. Tryptophan in the curd cools the senses and creates a calming sensation by recharging the neurons. Though many foods contain tryptophan, the brain can take up tryptophan and convert it into serotonin only in the presence of carbohydrates. So, when you have curd with rice, which is a carbohydrate, it stimulates the body to produce serotonin. This fact was proved scientifically in a study recently conducted in the MIT, but our ancestors have known and followed this practice for ages.
If you have observed, you would have noticed that when a person feels depressed or sad, he/she craves for carbohydrate rich foods. Curd rice is a natural and healthy way to deal with this craving. Moreover, curd contains natural protein and fat, which are essential for the body.
The best thing about this meal is that even diabetics can have it in small quantities, especially curd rice made from red rice or unpolished rice.
There is something calming about having curd rice. Get back to healthy eating and happy living by adding this dish to your everyday diet.
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