Curd is a delicious dairy product. It is popular in India, whether it is Punjab from the North region or Karnataka from the South region of India. It is rich source of protein, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and Vitamin A. Although it is a healthy food item but, it’s good results depends on the way of consumption.

Properties of curd as per Ayurveda: (Charak Samhita)

“रोचनं दीपनं वृष्यं स्नेहनाम बलवर्धनम्|

पाकेऽम्लमुष्णं वातघ्नं मङ्गल्यं बृंहणं दधि ||”

Curd has following benefits:

  • Improves taste of mouth
  • Increases hunger
  • Acts as aphrodisiac
  • Unctuous in nature
  • Boosts strength
  • Post digestion effects – sour
  • Potency – hot
  • Pacify vata dosha
  • Auspicious
  • Bulk promoting 

Even though it has so many health benefits Ayurvedic texts specifically advises to not use curd at night.


Avoid eating curd in following:

  • Autumn, summer, and spring.
  • Pitta and kapha disorders.

Ayurvedic aspect to not use curd at night:

“न नक्तं दधि भुञ्जीत न चाप्यघृतशर्करम् |” (Charak Samhita)

It is clearly explained in the shloka written above that curd should not be taken at night. Ayurveda believes that eating curd at night creates imbalance inside the body. Our body is already predominant with Kapha dosha during the night time. Due to this, consumption of curd at night could lead to excess mucus formation. Eating curd at night should be especially avoided by the ones suffering from pitta disorders like acidity and kapha disorders like asthma or common cold. Anyhow, if someone loves curd, they can occasionally consume it at night (depending on the season) with added black pepper.

Important Note:

Also, it is instructed to not eat curd without ghee (clarified butter), green gram (moong dal) soup, honey, or amla (Indian gooseberry).