National Milk Day 2021: Here’s Why It Holds Importance For The Milk Industry Of India

Milk has been an intrinsic part of nutrition in Indian and its food culture. Right from the birth till the end, we are always reminded of how it helps strengthen our bones and help in our overall well-being. And perhaps all the credit goes to Dr. Verghese Kurien, whose birth anniversary on 26th of November is celebrated as National Milk Day every year. The day highlights the importance of milk, and aims to provide information concerning the need and importance of milk in human life. No wonder milk is the first food that a child consumes right after birth. Dr Kurien, is known as the "Milkman of India", since he came up with the White Revolution in India. A social entrepreneur who led Operation Flood, which became the largest agricultural dairy development programme across the world, it transformed India into the largest milk producer in the world from a milk-deficient country.  

He also played a pivotal role in the formation of Amul, which saw pathbreaking success. Amul also marked the 100th birth anniversary today with a signature cartoon illustration. Featuring the iconic Amul girl, Dr Kurien and a glass of milk, the cartoon read, "100/100 always." It added, "Celebrating Dr Kurien's 100th birth anniversary."

"Amul Topical: Celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of the Milkman of India!" Amul captioned the post. 

Milk definitely is considered as a complete meal today, thanks to its rich nutrient-profile. After all it is rich in protein, loaded with Vitamin A, B1, B2, B12, and D, potassium, antioxidants, and more. And while a simple glass of milk is always a good idea, the best part is you can play around with it and add it to multiple delicacies and drinks to make it tastier. We’ve got three amazing milk-based Indian recipes for you to try at home: 

1. Kheer 

A classic Indian dessert, kheer is ideal for almost every festive, celebratory occasion around the year. Simple recipe of rice and sugar boiled in milk - kheer is just so irresistible! With some basic variations in the recipe, one can make many versions of it While it is called Payasam in South India, Bengalis refer to it as Payesh. 

2. Lassi 

Not just milk, even milk products like Dahi, Paneer etc., are super versatile to the core. And then there's nothing better than a glass full of Lassi to soothe the soul. The rustic flavours and earthy aroma of north India makes this drink a popular choice among all. 

3. Rabdi 

This dessert is all about indulgences. Rabdi is one of the most popular Indian desserts. A creamy concoction of thickened milk, sugar and nuts with deep layers of creamy Malai in it, Rabdi is sure to impress your taste buds.