Ayurveda explains curd as having a sour-mixed-sweet property and it increases kapha dosha in the body. The mucus generation is also attributed to the effect of kapha. During the night period, there is a natural predominance of kapha in the body. So, eating curd at night will further increase kapha leading to many complications.
This is quite similar to exposing yourself to the hot sun during the afternoon hours, which is not recommended. Because the afternoon period is naturally pitta dosha dominant period and sun exposure also increases pitta.
Skip Curd And Drink Buttermilk
Try to avoid consuming curd at night. Because nighttime is basically kapha predominant period. Thus consuming curd at night is best avoided according to Ayurveda.
Buttermilk is the best substitute to curd at night. It clears the channel and chucks mucus secretion.
I know that old habits die-hard and if you are accustomed to taking curd at night, mix a small pinch of pepper powder to curd and consume. Do not add too much. It may cause a burning sensation. You may also try adding fenugreek powder if you can tolerate a slight tinge of bitterness. This superb combination will relieve all kinds of stomach pain generated due to indigestion.
Mixing sugar and drinking curd at night is a strict no-no.
Qualities Of Curd According To Ayurveda
Amla paka rasam grahi guru ushnam dadhi vatajit |
meda shukra bala shleshma pitta rakta agni shopha krut ||
Curd is sour in taste, hot in potency, and heavy to digest (takes a longer period to undergo digestion). It increases fat, strength, kapha, pitta, and digestive power. Whenever there is a swelling or inflammation, if curd is taken, it worsens the inflammation. Note that these properties are attributed to sour curd.
Naivaadyaa nishi naivoshnam vasantha ushna sharatsu na |
Sour curd should not be consumed by making it hot (ushna). Curd should not be consumed during night (nishi). It should also not be consumed during spring and summer seasons.
However, sour curd mixed with soup of green gram, honey, ghee, sugar, and amla are helpful in relieving dysurea (difficulty in urination) and indigestion.