Ayurvedic Buttermilk


This wonderful drink feels cooling and refreshing as you drink it, but it actually helps to create good digestive fire. Perfect as a Pitta and Vata pacifying drink in the summer, or any time of year.

½ cup yogurt (plain, whole, non-homogenized, cream on top)

2 cups water

Fresh cilantro or mint

Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste

Blend 1/2 cup yogurt (plain, whole, non-homogenized, cream on top) to 2 cups water on low for 3-9 minutes (depending on your blender and the yogurt).

Scrape off fat that forms on the top (this is important for this remedy because the fat is harder to digest and the idea is to increase digestion rather than bogging it down). If you get foam rather than fat forming at the top, you may want to try another brand of yogurt.

The fat that is scraped from the top can be saved and used as fresh butter or made into ghee.

After scraping, add cilantro or mint and salt to taste.

Drink takra 15 - 30 minutes before each meal to aid digestion.

The yogurt needs to be non-homogenized meaning that the yogurt and fat molecules have not been blended at high speed to be combined in the processing of the yogurt. Brands that work well are Seven Stars and Green Valley, or your local farmer’s market may have a fresh yogurt. Homemade yogurt can also be used.

Make takra fresh each day in the morning before breakfast. Can be placed in a thermos to carry to work. Does not need refrigeration if consumed in same day, according to Ayurveda.

While Ayurvedic buttermilk (takra) does not create gas, you may feel a bit bloated and gassy for the first 1-2 weeks. The Vata (air) is moving back into the digestive system to be eliminated, so don’t give up! :)

Wise Woman Ayurveda

Belinda Baer


Traveling Ayurvedic Practitioner, Bodyworker, Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist and India Tour Organizer