fasting with curd and water

During our Ayurveda classes from our beloved teacher Gaurav, we learned that Kapha & Pitta people (I explained about the Dosha’s here) should fast one day a week. During this day you can drink water with curd; add 200 grams of water to curd, let it sit and only drink the water on top, not the white on the bottom. Drink during the entire day, you can add more water to it once the water part is finished and repeat with another 200 grams of curd. This cleanses your system and detoxes, it is also very good for your skin, helps digest food and it is great if you drank too much alcohol the night before to replace the lactic acid in your body.

Curd with water
Curd with water in my room in Arambol

Recipe to make curd, since it’s not readily available where you might be:

  • Bring 1 liter of whole milk to a boil
  • Let it sit 5-10 minutes (preferably in a clay pot)
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon of yoghurt
  • Let it sit overnight
  • Place in the refrigerator in the morning

Today is my first day of fasting with this curd/water recipe. Yesterday I drank the water during the day while eating, it tastes pretty good and I felt great.

8 thoughts on “fasting with curd and water”

  1. For me it was amazing to find out clarity of mind actually increases, especially after a couple of days.. and that your body just starts to eat itself and that it’s not stupid and starts with the crap – fat, which contain your toxins, which is why it’s called detox, and a reason why it could not be totally pleasant 😛

    But do I understand correctly the curd is like solid after you take it out of the fridge? it has turned from liters to kilo’s right..

    1. Yes, it feels amazing! This will be a weekly thing for me now.

      Yes, the curd turns solid like yoghurt. It’s very similar and delicious. Very good for digestion, so I have a Lassi (curd with a little water) after meals.

  2. Alright 🙂 Keep in mind that it’s easy to keep up with a rule like once a week I don’t eat while traveling – harder when you get back home and have your old friends and relatives expectations about your behavior to deal with 😉

    I don’t understand yet why you take the curd after a meal and not before? like soup is also good for digestion, but you take it as a preparation for your meal. not as desert..

    And with a lasso.. you also leave the curd behind in the glass?

    Lastly I don’t understand how the curd recipe works.. I tried, but where does the hocus pocus take place with double-boiled milk and a little bit of yogurt..? why didn’t the cow produce a finished product?? please explain!
    I recon boiling the milk is merely a safety measurement and therefor not necessary over here as western consumers are “protected” against the “dangers” of raw (milk) by the virtue of boiling the hell into it.. a process called pasteurization.. which is used for the sake conservation, ergo enabling the product to be in the shelves longer so you don’t need to go to the store as often as you would otherwise.. but in India there’s cows everywhere so together with the lack of sophistication to take care of the hygiene instead of the pasteurization this might be why boiling is in the recipe.. Or the heating is necessary for a chemical reaction between the milk and the yogurt but I don’t think so because the recipe wants you to cool down the milk before you stir in the yogurt.. my suspicion is strengthened by the recommendation of clay, which let’s liquid evaporate so it cools down faster..

    Anyway 😉

    1. Actually, I feel that it might be easier to fast when I’m not traveling as I am moving about so much right now – catching 20 hour train rides from one city to another makes it difficult for me to commit to this.

      I can’t tell you why it’s better to eat curd after a meal rather than before. It seems that it’s for digestive reasons, there are thoughts about in which order you should eat certain things: sweets before a meal and foods to help digest you should take after a meal.

      The Lassi is basically just curd mixed with some water and perhaps some fruit. It’s a curd smoothie. Delicious! But again, if you add something sweet to it, it should be eaten on its own and not after a meal. A bit confusing, I know.

      I agree with you about the raw milk! No dangers with drinking this in my opinion and the fines given to people selling it in the US baffles me. The boiling of the milk for the curd is just to create a reaction in which the bacteria will procreate. The reaction occurs when it’s left out overnight, the bacteria can procreate in that time and after this you chill it, because otherwise it will turn bad.

      Thank you for your response and questions! I’m sorry it took me a while to respond. 🙂

  3. Ele dollface, ik ga dit ook proberen! Zocht nog een detox en mn buddy uit india gebruikt ook deze curd-stuff, ik ga bij hem in de leer 😉
    Hope you’re well kiddo! Hugs

    1. Ja, curd is fantastisch (vinden de locals). Ik vind het ook lekker en de detox was echt top, je krijgt er sowieso meer energie van en je huid gaat er ook beter uitzien. Let me know how it goes, cute buns.

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