A traditional Indian custom, is to drink buttermilk after the meal. It has a cooling effect and at the peak of the summer season, it is recommended at midday. In addition, buttermilk reduces Pitta and provokes the digestion process. Those with kapha disorders should not consume buttermilk in excess. It can be used as a cooling agent all year and in general, suits all constitutions.
There are two buttermilk recipes; the first one has a thicker consistency for the purpose of mixing with rice. The second buttermilk is a drink, having more water, plus extra salt and lemon.