Eating Curd Rice Makes You A Happy Person, Seriously!
Having curd rice gives you such a sense of satisfaction and contentment. It also makes one feel restful and sometimes sleepy too, especially if eaten in excess.
Let’s examine today why this dish is so sought after and gives us this immense feeling of satiation, contentment and happiness.
Curd Rice is the only Indian food which releases a Chemical called Tryptophan in Brain. Indians alone take Curd as Curd. But the western world takes it as Yogurt, which has got Sugar too, and sugar will not calm your Brain, but increase Glucose level and will put one to more restlessness. Sugar is dangerous for the Balance of Neural activity. It triggers hyperactivity.
But Curd rice is the only food which can release Tryptophan in Brain, which calms down and brings cool thinking, and your neurons are recharged with a mild rest because of Tryptophan.
Tryptophan is essential to us, as it is used to synthesise various other crucial chemical compounds for the human body like serotonin and melatonin.
However, tryptophan needs to reach the brain in order to be completely utilised by it, and this can only happen when it crosses the blood-brain barrier. This is not easy for tryptophan as it has to compete with other amino acids to enter the organ.
This is where the rice of “curd rice” comes in. This awesome combination of tryptophan-rich curd with the carbohydrate-filled rice can increase brain activity because as we learned earlier, it can be used to produce serotonin.
What is Tryptophan?
Tryptophan is the building block of a chemical called Serotonin. Serotonin has a wide variety of functions in the body, from playing a role in learning and memory to digestion. Serotonin is also a neuro-chemical and a natural mood regulator, which makes us feel happy, emotionally stable, less anxious, more tranquil and even more focused and energetic. Low levels of Serotonin are also linked to mood disorders like Depression.
Some of the other benefits associated with the consumption of curd rice are:
1. Promotes Weight Loss
2. A Cool Treat For Summers
3. Helpful For Digestion
4. Provides Energy
5.Great Mood Enhancing Capabilities
6. Can Be Beneficial For Blood Pressure
7. Helps In Brain Development
8. Helpful Against Irritable Bowel Syndrome
9. Stronger immunity
10. Good for eyes
11. Nourished and healthy skin
Curd Rice Recipe
Curd rice, a dish that originated from the southernmost part of India is now widely considered to be a tasty treat during hot, sultry days. In addition to its taste and many health benefits, if there is one more thing that makes curd rice a popular dish, it is the fact that it is really quite easy to prepare.
The simplicity of the dish makes it a popular dish made routinely across thousands of South Indian homes every day. It is one of those dishes that pack in simplicity along with an adequate amount of nutritional content.
The basic ingredients that you’ll require in order to prepare curd rice are:
• 1 cup of rice
• 2 cups curd
• 1 tbsp cumin powder
• 3-4 green chillies
• 3-4 curry leaves
• ½ cup urad dal
Now that we have the complete list of ingredients required for the preparation of curd rice all that is left to do is to learn how to prepare it.
The steps for making it are:
1. Boil the rice and then let it cool down.
2. This boiled rice must be then stirred alongside curd and salt( can use any mineral salt ), and mixed well until you get the consistency as per your requirement.
3. Now the next step involves the cooking of the urad dal. In a pan, add a few tablespoons of oil, and carefully cook urad dal by adding cumin powder and curry leaves to the mix.
4. Wait until the dal turns brown, and then add it to the mixture of curd and rice. After mixing them well, top them off with some green chillies and ground black pepper powder and it is ready to be served.
Well, now you can say that eating curd rice actually boosts your brain activity and makes you happier!
By Priyanshi Bhatnagar