Curd consumption at night? Can You Take Curd At Night?

Curd At Night – Ayurveda explains curd as having sour mixed sweet property and it increase Kapha dosha in the body. The mucus generation is also attributed to the effect of Kapha. During night period, there is natural predominance of Kapha in the body. So, curd consumption at night will further increase kapha leading to many complications.

This is quite similar to exposing yourself to hot Sun in the afternoon hours, which is not recommended, because, afternoon period is naturally Pitta predominant period and sun exposure also increases Pitta.

curd buttermilk yogurt

Qualities of curds according to Ayurveda:

curds benefits are explained as follows –
Amla paka rasam grahi guru ushnam dadhi vatajit |
meda shukra bala shleshma pitta rakta agni shopha krut ||

Curds is sour in taste, hot in potency, is heavy to digest (takes a longer period to undergo digestion).  It increases fat, strength, kapha, pitta, digestive power. Click to read curds benefits in detail.

Whenever there is swelling or inflammation, if curds is taken, it worsens the inflammation.
Note that these properties are attributed to sour curds.

What is curds? How to make curds?

Naivaadyaa nishi naivoshnam vasantha ushna sharatsu na |

Sour curd should not be consumed by making it hot (ushna).
Curds should not be consumed during night (nishi),
It should also not be consumed during spring and summer seasons.
However, sour curds mixed with soup of green gram, honey, ghee , sugar and amla is helpful in relieving Dysurea (difficulty in urination) and indigestion.

Try avoid consuming curd at night. because night is basically Kapha predominant period. thus consuming curd at night is best avoided according to Ayurveda. Curd also increases Pitta. Hence, taking it at night might cause indigestion problem.

If at all you are accustomed to take curd at night, I know that old habits die-hard. so, mix a small pinch of pepper powder to curds and consume. (do not add too much. it may cause burning sensation). You may also try adding fenugreek powder if you can tolerate a slight tinge of bitterness. (but this superb combination will relieve all kinds of stomach pain generated due to indigestion).

Buttermilk is best substitute to curds at night. Buttermilk clears the channel and chucks mucus secretion.
Buttermilk benefits

Rules for using curd as mentioned in Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 7
One should not take curd at night;
If one desires to take curd at night, it can be taken along with ghee, sugar, green gram soup, honey or Amalaka (Amla – Indian Gooseberry.)
It should not be taken hot.
If one does not follow  these rules he is likely to suffer from diseases like fever, Raktapitta (bleeding disorders), Visarpa(Erysipelas), Kushta (skin diseases), Pandu(Anemia), Bhrama(dizziness) and Kamala (Jaundice).[61-62]

Q: sugar added curd or non sugar added curd.which is better?
A: If you are taking curds in the morning, then taking curd without sugar is better.
If you are taking curd at night, it is not recommended as per Ayurveda. But having it with little sugar is better, if you cannot resist it.

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  1. Thats very good to know… thanks

  2. Thank you very much for your information. I am not eating curd at night since few years, my mom told me to do that. I was always seeking information behind it. Really Thanks.

  3. This article is very informative and important.
    I am in search of an explanation of what really happens when we heat curd, as an ayurveda person i can understand but to make a lay man understand it is bit tricky. It is ushna and amla and it does utklesha and on heating all these properties increases and how does it effect the body? How can we explain utklesha in simple language? Is it just that kapha gets increased or channels get blocked?
    Hope my doubts gets cleared soon.
    thank you doctor.

  4. I need a brief explanation of vadha, kapha and dosha

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Vata refers to the factor responsible for all the movements in the body. Like hand, leg movement, blood circulation, food movement inside our gastro intestinal system etc. When Vata is normal it does all these functions.
      Kapha refers to moistening effect, lubrication effect. like between the joints there is synovial fluid.
      For more information, you can buy my ebook on Tridosha –

  5. I was listening to a seminar (held somewhere in chennai) on health through ayurveda. And several of the learned audiance asked “why should we not eat curd or any curd products along with lentils (Daal, Dwidal or dicot seeds)”. (I was like amazed with this question). The speaker said he was glad this question is raised, he based his answer on some sutra from Vaagbhatt samhita(I heard this name for the first time). That they have opposite natures and better not to mix them. The speaker also shared his own experience that he noticed a rise in his blood pressure after consuming such a diet. And there was no substantial change in bp from diets (where he did not mix the two ingrediants.) Could this be true. I was not sure because we in north India do mix the two in Kadi and dahi wada etc. Although people say these are not healthy foods tasty they may be.
    Please throw some light.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, the Ayurvedic doctor is right. But even if two foods are incompatible, if some take it over a long period of time, it becomes congenial (Sathmya) to their body.

  6. prashanth venkataswmy says:

    Mix the curd and water 50:50 ratio and drink it at will take for good sleep…50 ml is enough very very good for health

  7. shashi mohan says:

    curd has high amount of casein protein in it
    since it takes long time to digest it is good at night and not the other way round
    moreover sugar content in curd is very less and most of it is already converted into simple sugars

  8. kavitha says:

    Thank you for the article. Can curd go along with fruits?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:


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        • Dr Malini Bhat says:

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  9. tejaswini Tandia says:

    This is really greatful for me cause my mom always said that never eat curd at night n I wasn’t listening n suffered lots of unwanted stuffs because of this I m good enough now so thanks whoever kept this article i love u guys

  10. Hi Dr. Hebbar,
    Is it ok to eat yogurt with oats, nuts, rasperry, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries like a yogurt parfait?

  11. Sir m a epilepsy patient so is curd and milk is good for me or not….??

  12. Sir,is there any other effect to consume curd at night except cough?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If the curd is sour, it may cause increase of Pitta dosha, leading to disturbed sleep, digestive disorders and worsening of headache.

  13. Namaskar Dr, I have Rheumatoid arthritis. Diagnosed a couple of years ago after a knee injury which led to inflammation. As of now its only my knee joints, no smaller joints. I have read that curds is not good for this condition. Is it okay to have freshly made curds (not sour at all) along with a lunch? I generally have a rice flour or ragi flour or wheat flour roti along with a vegetable for lunch.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it is fine to have fresh sweet curd. Better to make it little watery before consuming. Better to avoid it at night.

  14. Hi,
    I consume 2 spoon curd and full glass water made buttermilk and have before sleeping.i feel early morning stomach pain and diarrhea.i suffer from sleep disorder as sleep is very light and I am facing extreme hair fall.early morning sometimes I vomit after drinking water.i mostly suffer from acidity having tea coffee causes me loose motion and makes me feel acidic.should I stop having that buttermilk at night. Please let me know what should I eat. should I eat curd at to improve my sleep?

  15. Sir, for acidity and indigestion problem. Which one is better and cure?
    1) Curd / Lassi / Mattah
    2) With breakfast or Lunch

  16. I was cafha patient, but from few days I take curd rise and drink butter milk. What sallution for this?

  17. Its is said that you should not have raw curd, anytime, day or night. Its always advisable to add little water to raw curd. is that right?

  18. Angell says:

    I don’t Think that yoghurt and fruit are compatible according to many texts I have studied. Fruits grnerally are sweet cooling and light and require specific enzymes to digest. Yoghurt is heavy heating and harder to digest. Ffresh fruit is best taken on its own or at least one hour before other foods and not afterwards.

  19. Dear Sir,

    I understand that curd should not be heated directly or indirectly as it will become a viruddha aahara. however, there are many food articles in practice since very long where they heat curd. Some of the examples are – Biriyani, some curries, Punjabi Khadi etc. South Indian products such as – Majjige huli, Mangalore bajji etc. Could you please explain this practice?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, curd is heated in many dishes, though, not per Ayurveda rule.
      If one does not have digestion issue, no problem in using it.

  20. Rahul sharma says:

    I am in habbit of taking curd at night since 35 yrs. I never experienced any frightful thing, though people say that taking curd at night may affect bones or make bones more fragile. But I read and saw in films that bhagwan shri krishna was fond of butter and curd. But he was never affected badly.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, if a wrong diet habit is followed for a long time, then the body becomes accustomed to it. No problem with it.

  21. Having curds has started giving me joint stiffness in my hands. Hence have began to avoid it Any reason why it must be happening?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It could have increased Kapha Dosha. Kapha is related with stability and stiffness. Please consider fatless buttermilk in its place.

  22. dear sir if i add sugar and black pepper to curd…then it will balance both kapha and pitta..can it be consumed so..

  23. Dr.M.P.Gupta says:

    Heating curd will destroy all useful bacteria present in the curd.The useful bacteria prevent putrefaction in the intestines and promote health and well-being.Such properties of the curd are lost on heating.

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