Takra: Indian Style Buttermilk
Spiced, whisked and diluted yogurt is called Takra. This process (or samskara) thoroughly transforms the qualities of yogurt into a
light, refreshing, and appetizing drink. Have a cup after lunch to aid digestion and treat IBS-type symptoms. Takra controls vata and kapha, improves taste, counters diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bloating, and swelling.
- ½ C fresh, whole milk yogurt
- 3+ C cool water
- Whisk for at least 3 minutes. The liquid should develop a light and somewhat astringent texture.
For a Savory & Digestive Takra: Pan toast til fragrant: 1 pinch each ground cumin, coriander, hing and add to freshly whisked Takra. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
For a Refreshing and Nourishing Sweet Takra: pan toast 1 pinch each: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and add to freshly whisked Takra. Stir in 2t raw honey and a splash of rose water.