Updated: Feb 17
Takra is an incredible digestive antidote during colder seasons. While Ayurveda typically doesn’t recommend eating cold yogurt because its dense, cold qualities can clog your bodily channels, this version lightens the yogurt by whisking it with water, transforming it into a health-promoting food. It’s magical how a few small adjustments can make such a difference in a food’s healing potency.
Takra benefits those suffering from
piles, diabetes, abdominal tumors, diarrhea, many skin diseases, obesity, anemia, and more. Takra is particularly helpful anytime you experience loss of appetite.
When combined with kitchari in a mono diet, it can help those combating
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Note: Consume ideally before
3:00 p.m.; eat in moderation in the
2 cups water
½ cup organic whole cow’s milk yogurt or plain almond yogurt, room temperature
½ teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground into powder
2 ¼-inch pieces fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
pink rock salt, to taste
Boil water, then cool to room temperature. (Boiling the water makes it easier to digest.)
Place the room-temperature yogurt in a small bowl and whisk for 2 minutes.
Slowly add the water, cumin, ginger, cilantro, and rock salt to the yogurt. Continue whisking until takra is smooth and frothy, 1 to 2 minutes
Drink with an appreciation for your body and the divine healing powers of food as medicine. The intentions you hold while consuming this drink influence how much it can support your healing process. This is true mind, body, soul medicine at its finest!
To be an ambassador of healing, do also consider joining The Ancient Way's Wellness Ambassador Program starting March 26th, 2022, to spread the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in your community.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANANTA RIPA AJMERA is founder and CEO of The Ancient Way and Advisor of Ayurveda at THE WELL, a modern wellness club that brings together world-class doctors and master healers for a more balanced you. She is author of The Ayurveda Way, a compilation of 108 simple, doable practices for better sleep, less stress, optimal digestion and more.