Kanji

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Hello friends! Kanji is a popular drink made from black carrots in winter.  They are highly nutritious and have a high iron and vitamin content. very good for the stomach. Regular intake gives a glow to the complexion. Kanji is very easy to prepare.

Prep Time : 2-4days

Cook time : 5 minutes

Level Of Cooking :Easy

Taste :Tangy

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Serve : 4

Course : Beverage

Ingredients:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 tsp Red chilli flakes
  • 4 tbsp Mustard powder,ground coarsely
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Salt

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and Scrub carrots under running water. Peel the carrots and cut into 3″ pieces.

Step 2.

Take carrot pieces in a glass jar. Add salt, Red chili flakes,powdered mustard  and mix. Add 2 liters of water and stir.

Step 3.

Close the jar and let it stand in the sun for two to four days.

Step 4.

Strain the contents and kanji is ready for consumption. In summer you can chill and serve this delicious drink .

Possible Health benefits of black carrots:

The nutrients in black carrot extract that give them their colour are anthocyanins which have several health benefits, such as the potential for treating neurological dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease. They can also be beneficial when treating cancer.

Anti-Carcinogenic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells. A group of researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland analyzed the chemopreventive effects of anthocyanin extracts from various natural sources against colon cancer, and found that all anthocyanin extracts were capable of inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. Research also suggests that lutein, the main carotenoid in purple carrots, may provide protection against colon cancer.

Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties. Research suggests that anthocyanins have strong anti-inflammatory properties which might help alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some experts believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins may be even stronger than those of aspirin.

Eye Health Protecting Qualities. You may have already heard that bilberries (wild blueberries) are good for your eyes, but also other anthocyanin-rich foods such as purple carrots may help improve your eye health. Studies suggest that anthocyanins can benefit vision in a number of ways, such as by enhancing night vision, increasing circulation within the capillaries of the retina, fighting macular degeneration, and reducing the risk of retinopathy in diabetic patients.

But the high anthocyanin levels in purple carrots are not the only reason why you might want to snack on these purple goodies if you care about your eyes; the lutein in purple carrots is also known for its eye health protecting qualities. Sometimes referred to as “the eye vitamin”, lutein is commonly used as a preventive treatment for age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Improved Vascular Health. If you suffer from venous insufficiency or varicose veins and are looking to reduce varicose veins through dietary modification, adding purple carrots and other foods that contain anthocyanins to your diet might be a good start. Anthocyanins help fight varicose veins by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue, by repairing damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls, and by promoting circulation and overall health of the vascular system.

Ref. http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/purple-carrots-nutrition-vs-orange-cultivars.php

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Almond sharbat

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The almond is the edible seed that grows on the tree Prunus dulcis, more commonly called the almond tree. Almonds are native to the Middle East, but the United States is now the world’s largest producer. The almonds we buy at the store have usually had the shell removed, revealing the edible nut inside.

Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss. This makes almonds  close to perfect as a food.

Hi friends Here is a tasty sharbat recipe with badams /almonds. Learn how to make badam ka sharbat,  a wonderful summer cooler.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gm Almonds
  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 1 liter, cups Water
  • 9 black pepper corns
  • 8 Green Cardamoms,  finely powdered
  • 100 gms khuskhus/ poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method :

Step 1.

Soak Almonds / badam in water overnight. Peel the almonds  and keep the kernals aside.

Step 2.

Soak khuskhus/ poppy seeds in water overnight. Strain and keep aside.

Step 3.

Boil sugar, water, and green cardamom / elaichi powder in it. Add half cup milk to remove the scum / froth, keep on removing the scum with spoon.

Step 4.

Boil it to one and half strand sugar syrup. It will be thick syrup.

Step 5.

When sugar syrup is boiling, in a blender take peeled Almonds / badam, khuskhus / poppy seeds, peppercorns and grind to a fine paste. Keep aside.

Step 6.

Add the  almond paste  to the thick sugar syrup, step 4,  mix well. Boil for five minutes more on slow fire. Switch off the stove. Cool the Almonds / badam sharbat to room temperature. Fill it in a wide mouth jar / container for storing in the refrigerator .

Step 7.

For making sharbat from the almond sugar concentrate, scoop out two tablespoons of concentrate in a serving glass. Top up the glass with cold water, stir the concentrate well and serve.

9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds:

By Joe Leech, Dietitian

Almonds are an incredibly popular tree nut.Despite being high in fat, they are highly nutritious and extremely healthy.Here are 9 evidence-based health benefits of almonds.

  1. Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients

Almonds boast an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.

  • Fiber: 3.5 grams.
  • Protein: 6 grams.
  • Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
  • Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.

Bottom Line: The almond is a very popular tree nut. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and various important nutrients.

2. Almonds Are Loaded With Antioxidants

Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.

Bottom Line: Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to ageing and disease.

3. Almonds Are High in Vitamin E, Which Protects Your Cell Membranes From Damage

Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat soluble antioxidants. These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.

Bottom Line: Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E. Getting plenty of vitamin E from foods is linked to numerous health benefits.

4. Almonds Can Assist With Blood Sugar Control

Nuts are low in carbs, but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber. This makes them a perfect choice for diabetics. However, another thing that sets almonds apart, is their remarkably high amount of magnesium.

Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control .

Bottom Line: Almonds are extremely high in magnesium, a mineral that most people don’t get enough of. High magnesium intake may have major benefits for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

5. Magnesium Also Has Benefits For Blood Pressure Levels

The magnesium in almonds may also help to lower blood pressure levels.High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Bottom Line: Low magnesium levels are strongly linked to high blood pressure, indicating that almonds can be beneficial for blood pressure control.

6. Almonds Can Lower Cholesterol Levels

Having high levels of LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) in the blood is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.

Bottom Line: Eating 1-2 handfuls of almonds per day can lead to mild reductions in LDL cholesterol levels.

7Almonds Prevent Harmful Oxidation of LDL Cholesterol

Almonds do more than just lower LDL levels in the blood. They also protect the LDL from oxidation, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process.

The skin of almonds is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in test tubes and animal studies.

Bottom Line: LDL cholesterol can become oxidized, which is a crucial step in the heart disease process. Snacking on almonds has been shown to significantly reduce oxidized LDL.

8. Eating Almonds Reduces Hunger, Lowering Your Overall Calorie Intake

Almonds are low in carbs, and high in both protein and fiber. Both protein and fiber are known to increase satiety. They help people feel more full, so they end up eating fewer calories

Bottom Line: Nuts are low in carbs, but high in protein and fiber. Studies show that eating almonds (and other nuts) can increase satiety and help you eat fewer calories

9. Almonds Are Incredibly Effective For Weight Loss

Nuts contain several nutrients that are hard for the body to break down and digest.

So, despite being high in fat, almonds are most definitely a weight loss friendly food.

Ref. https://authoritynutrition.com/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds/

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Fresh Lemon Drink

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Hi friends! Summer is in full swing, hot days call for a summer cooler . Here is a recipe of refreshing drink you’ll love long after Summer’s over! Cool off with this lemony, tasty drink. As a refreshing drink, fresh lemon drink / lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool. The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh lemons juice or 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp  sugar
  • 2 level tsp black salt
  • 4 glasses or 800 ml water
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Total time: 10 minutes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Course : Beverages

Serves: 4 glasses

Method:

Step 1.

Cut one lemon into thin slices and keep aside for garnishing.  Wash 4 lemons, cut into two halves and squeeze out the juice in a jug.

Step 2.

Add water, black salt and sugar in the jug. Stir to dissolve sugar until well blended.

Step 3.

Serve chilled lemonade in glasses, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!.

Makes 4 servings.

The Health Benefits of Lemons:

Let’s take a look at a few more of the incredible benefits of fresh lemon juice.

pH Alkaline State – It is vital to maintain a slightly positive alkaline state in order to fight off cancer and other illnesses. Although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help push our bodies to the required pH alkaline state of around.

Blood Purifier – Lemons are a blood purifier and help the body to remove toxins.

Blood Sugar Balance – The acidity of raw lemon juice lowers the impact of any meal on your blood sugar.

Detoxification – Raw lemon juice cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system. It helps the body in the removal of toxins and provides you with a great overall detox.

Weight Loss – The pectin in lemon peel is a great source of fiber that is thought to help overweight people lose weight. Lemons can also be used to bring salads and other dishes to life without adding unnecessary calories.

Osteoporosis – Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and helps the body to absorb calcium and fight osteoporosis. Two tablespoons of raw lemon juice diluted in a glass of warm water is good for pregnant women, as it helps build the bones in the unborn child.

Insomnia – in case of insomnia, raw lemon juice helps improve sleep.

Brain and Nerve Food – The potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, memory and calms the mind.

Immune System – Raw lemon juice strengthens the immune system which in turn helps fight many illnesses including cancers.

Infection – When sickness has developed raw lemon juice is an excellent fighter of infection, as it is rich in citric acid.

Cough and Cold – Lemon added to a little hot water with some honey is one of the most effective remedies known for a cough and cold.

Asthma – Having half-teaspoonful of fresh lemon juice, washing it down with luke-warm water before each meal provides quick relief to Asthma. Repeating it as the last dose of the day and starting the day with it also gives very positive results.

Corns – Apply lemon juice a few times a day and see the miraculous results. Bind the corn and leave it overnight and get rid of the trouble soon.

Nausea, Vomiting and Travel Sickness – Take a glass of lemon juice diluted with some water to help with travel sickness and nausea.

Rheumatism, Arthritis and Bone-Related Diseases – As lemons are a rich source of antioxidants, they are an excellent anti-inflammatory. A few glasses of diluted lemon juice is the surest remedy for rheumatic fever, painful joints, lumbago and sciatica.

Acne, Spots and Pimples – Applying raw lemon juice to the face is a popular remedy for acne and pimples.

Hair – The external use of raw lemon juice makes hair shinier and stronger.

Low Vitality – People suffering from low vitality should have lemon and honey mixed water for an immediate cure.

Radiation – As lemon juice is excellent at cleansing the blood and removing toxins, it is a great way of removing radiation from the body. If you have had Chemotherapy, regular lemon juice drinks can help rid the body of any remaining radiation.

Ref. http://www.budwigcenter.com/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-raw-lemon-juice/#.V1a2s

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Saffron/Kesar milk

 

Saffron milk/ Kesar milk

Hi friends ! Here is a very healthy drink for the approaching Winter ! Saffron flavored milk enriched with almonds, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, dried dates/ Sūkhē khajūra/ chuhara and served hot. You will never be able to say NO!!!

Preparation Time : 5-8 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Servings : 4

 Cooking time: 25 minutes

Cuisine: India ,Uttar Pradesh, North India

Course: Beverages

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients:

  • 20 Almonds blanched and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 6 Green cardamoms, finely powdered
  • 4 dried dates/ Sūkhē khajūra/ chuhara, stone removed ,sliced
  • a pinch Nutmeg powder
  • a pinch saffron strands
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method:

Step 1.

Heat milk in a thick-bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer on low heat for fifteen minutes.

Step 2.

In a food processor grind the almonds to a smooth paste by adding a little milk while doing the grinding. Add almond / badam paste , cardamom powder, a pinch of saffron and nutmeg powder to the simmering milk and continue to boil for another five minutes.

Step 3.

Add sugar stir, boil for another two minutes, remove from heat. Serve warm in individual glasses.

The King of Spice: Saffron

The undisputed King of all these spices is the Saffron, which, when included in the recipe, gives a royal touch to any dish, savory or dessert. Also known as the Golden Spice, Saffron is unique in many ways. Exquisite, elusive, exclusive, exotic, delicate and the most expensive, this is a spice to be reckoned with and is worth its weight in gold! Elusive because saffron is the stigma of the saffron flower (Crocus Sativus) and each saffron flower contains only three stigmas. These stigmas or saffron threads are handpicked by elderly women from the centre of the crocus flower and it takes anywhere around 70,000 to 250,000 flowers to get one pound of saffron. Thankfully however, only a very little quantity is required to be added to a dish to get that distinctive aroma, flavor and color.

Buying, Storing Saffron:

There are three important criteria to look for while buying saffron

  • Saffron threads (Stigmas) are all red and have no other color.
  • Saffron threads must be dry and brittle to the touch.
  • Saffron aroma is strong and fresh, never musty. 

Storing: Saffron has to be stored in an airtight container away from heat, moisture and light. If stored carefully saffron can retain its potency, aroma and coloring properties for almost three years.

 Cooking Tips:

  • Saffron has to be soaked in water, liquor or the cooking liquid so as to best release its flavor and essence. For one teaspoon of saffron strands use three teaspoons of liquid and soak for around one or two hours to get best results.
  • Do not use wooden vessel to mix saffron as wood absorbs the saffron easily.
  • Turmeric can be used as a cheaper substitute for saffron to obtain the color, but not the flavor.
  • Though a smaller quantity of powder is required in recipes in comparison to saffron strands, it is not very feasible as the powder has a shorter shelf life.

 Ref: http://readanddigest.com/the-king-of-spice-saffron/

Uses Of Saffron

Saffron is widely used in many cuisines around the world, including India. It is used in Indian sweets and sweet dishes, to make syrups, to color food and flavor both food and beverages.

Saffron is also used in the cosmetic and perfume industry. It is used to dye fabrics. In India, it is a part of religious and marriage festivities.

Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicine have used saffron traditionally for healing and even Western medicine uses it to treat certain health conditions.

According to Ayurveda saffron balances the tridoshas and increases body heat.

Nutrients In Saffron

  • Saffron contains over 150 volatile oils that yield aroma of which safranal is the one that gives it its hay like flavor.
  • Among the non volatile compounds, alpha-crocin gives saffron its distinct yellow orange color.
  • It also contains, lycopene. zeaxanthin, alpha and beta carotenes etc.
  • Saffron is extremely rich in manganese and has very good amounts of vitamin C, iron, potassium, phosphorus and copper.
  • It has good levels of folates, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and Vitamin A.

Health Benefits Of Saffron:

Saffron has an amazing number of health properties among them are anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antipoisonous, cardiotonic, carminative diuretic, stimulant, lactogogue, sedative, aphrodisiac, immunomodulating and antioxinant properties.

Saffron can be taken in foods or beverages to derive its health giving benefits.

Saffron can be used to suppress appetite to control weight. This can be beneficial to those who wish to control their overeating habits.
8 to 10 strands of saffron can be steeped in a cup of warm water for 20 minutes to make a saffron tea like drink. that will provide this benefit. 1 gram of saffron can make 50-60 cups of this saffron tea.

Ref. http://hubpages.com/health/Saffron-Or-Kesar-Health-Benefits-And-More-Of-This-Most-Expensive-Spice

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Panna /Green Mango Drink

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Panna /Green Mango Drink

Hi friends! I am introducing a delicious summer drink Panna, it is a raw mango drink. This is made with green cooking mangoes. It is a very well-liked drink for hot summer days. In India and Pakistan people prepare a very refreshing drink from fresh raw mangoes. it’s sweet and sour in taste. The pulp of raw mango should be mixed with cumin seeds, black pepper, and black salt. Blend and serve this chill drink in sizzling summer to overcome dehydration. The summer has almost reached its peak and we need such summer coolers to cool our self’s. Raw mangoes are also good source of B vitamins that are beneficial to maintain good health it can be used in preparing numerous dishes. Due to the presence of vitamin C, they are highly beneficial in strengthening immune system. It helps in throwing away from all waste products from the body.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Course : Beverages, Cold beverages

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 raw green cooking mangoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ 6 tbsp sugar/as per taste
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seed , dry roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp dry mint leaves, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • fresh mint leaves, few leaves
  • Ice cubes

Method :

Step 1.

Wash the mangoes well and place them in the pressure cooker on high flame with three glasses of water.

Step 2.

The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame for 10 minutes. Switch off the stove, let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid and remove the mangoes and water in to a mixing bowl.

Step 3.

After cooking the raw mangoes, the peel comes off easily. Scrape the pulp from the peels and mangoes, collect the cooked mango pulp in a bowl discard the peels and seeds.

Step 4.

Blend the mango pulp along with the water it was cooked in add sugar, black salt, salt, cumin powder, dry mint leaves powder and black pepper powder.

Step 5.

Aam panna/ raw mango drink is ready. Store it in a decanter /bottle / jar in the fridge.

Step 6.

Serve with ice cubes and garnished with fresh mint leaf.

Health benefits of Raw mangoes:

Tenderizing Agent

Mango, both in its green & ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade.

Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Unripe green mangoes are beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Mix one chopped raw mango with honey and salt. Consuming this mixture is very much effective in curing for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.

Heat Stroke

Raw mango guards you from negative effects of excessive hot temperature. The harmful sunrays and sizzling winds are dangerous to the health of your skin. To prevent from excessive loss of water from the body, you may consume raw mango sprinkled with salt. This simple snack quenches your thirst. Heat stroke leads to extreme exhaustion & weakness, which can be treated with raw mango drink. You need to cook raw mango in hot ashes and mix the pulp with sugar. This recipe provides amazing energy. Drinking raw mango juice helps in preventing from extreme loss of sodium chloride.

Scurvy

This remedy is highly popular in the scriptures of Indian traditional medicines. Dried powder of raw mango that is prepared after drying in sun is highly useful in the treatment of scurvy (Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C).

Herbal Remedy for Bilious Disorders

Unripe mangoes are an excellent fruit remedy for bilious disorders or liver disorders. The acids contained in the unripe, green mango trigger the secretion of bile and act as an intestinal antiseptic. Consumption of green mango with honey and pepper alleviates biliousness, and thereby diseases like urticaria and jaundice.

Blood Disorders

The fresh green raw mango is highly valued for its ability to cure blood disorders. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It aids the absorption of food, iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.

Precaution

We know excess of anything is bad, so avoid eating raw mangoes in-excess. Their excessive intake may cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. One should, therefore, not consume more than one or two green mangoes daily. Drink water immediately after eating raw mangoes as, it clots sap and makes more irritated. Do not eat raw mango without draining its sap. The intake of sap may cause gastro- intestinal, throat, and mouth infection.

Ref. http://www.khanapakana.com/article/ced410b8-af11-4a98-a330-0b784a162737/-raw-mango-natural-benefits-and-curative-properties

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Buttermilk

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Hi friends! With summer approaching buttermilk is too good to leave out of your lunch menu. Its distinctive texture and tangy taste, buttermilk is one drink which must be a part of our meal. Specially during summers to beat the heat. Buttermilk is a probiotic drink and has great health benefits.

Level of cooking: Easy

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 4minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian

Course: Beverages

Serving : 2

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Fresh curd / yogurt / Dahi
  • 2 cups Cold water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger juice*
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves / dhaniya leaves
  • 1 Green chili, finely chopped

Method: 

Step 1.

Take the Coriander leaves /dhania patta, green chili (without seeds) in a mortar and pestles and grind them well.

Step 2.

Now take the curd and add the water to it. Mix it well to forms a homogeneous solution either with a whisk or in a blender.

Step 3.

Now add the salt and the paste to the mixture. Stir / blend well and serve cold.

Note:

*Ginger Juice – take 1inch piece of ginger. Grate it and squeeze the juice out of the grated ginger.

Health benefits of the Buttermilk:

– Buttermilk has acid in it which fights germs and bacteria and helps clear stomach and aid digestion.

– It is very helpful for those who are looking to lose weight.

– It is a rich source of Vitamin B12 and so is believed to help fight anaemia and stress.

– Since it contains electrolytes and lots of water, it is the best treat to give to your body to fight dehydration.

– After having a heavy, oily and spicy meal, buttermilk works best to drain out excessive fat from the body and making your stomach light.

– Buttermilk also works as one of the best remedies to treat acidity.

Ref. http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/healthy-eating/top-5-health

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Chai /Indian Masala Tea

Indian masala chai

Indian Masala chai is a tasty cup of health!

Prep time: 1 minute

Cook time: 3 minutes

Category: Spice tea

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups milk
  • 11/4 cup water
  • 3 tsps tea leaves
  • 1 tsp Aniseed/ Saunf / fennel seeds
  • 4 green cardamoms , crushed
  • 4 cloves, whole
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ginger, fresh, finely grated
  • 6 black peppercorns ,crushed
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 6 Basil leaves, fresh
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder

Method:

Step 1.

Heat in a pan water and milk.

Step 2.

Add tea leaves, crushed cardamoms , nutmeg powder,cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger , black peppercorns and Basil leaves boil for 3 minutes.

Step 3.

Strain. Add sugar, mix, and serve hot with doughnuts or hot Cheese kebabs!

Health benefits of Indian Masala Chai:

Anti inflammatory: Masala chai is made up of a whole array of spices – clove, cinnamon, elaichi, ginger and tulsi. All these spices have their own individual health benefits but what makes masala chai perfect to beat inflammation is the fact that all the benefits of these spices work in synergy to help your body. One of the most important ingredients that helps with inflammation is ginger.Another component that makes masala chai a great tool to reduce inflammation is clove. Known to be packed with compound eugenol, clove is great when it comes to reducing inflammation in the muscles of the body. To add to that both these spices are very potent painkillers.

Beats fatigue: For some the best thing after a long, hard day’s work is a hot cup of masala chai. Wondering why? Well, the tannins present in tea help calm the body and revitalize it. Moreover tea contains caffeine – a stimulant. Albeit in a much lesser quantity when compared to coffee, but it has the same uplifting effect as a cuppa. This combination of spices (that helps beat fatigue) combined with a stimulant like caffeine acts as the best way to drive away fatigue. The effects of masala chai are so well known that even Olympic athletes resort to the drink as a ‘banned-substance-safe’ pick-me-up

Fights cold and flu: Believed to strengthen the immune system and keep common infections at bay, masala chai is infused with the goodness of all the antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic properties of its constituent spices. Moreover the immune boosting effects of clove, cinnamon, elaichi / green cardamom and ginger makes masala chai a great way to keep coughs and colds at bay.

Improves digestion: Wondering how that is possible? Well, according to Mickey Mehta, holistic guru, ‘Masala chai contains spices like clove, tulsi / Basil, ginger and elaichi / Green Crdamom. What makes it great for people is that chai on its own is highly acidic in nature but when you add ginger to it making it masala chai, it becomes a great digestive and in fact cuts out the acidic nature of the tea.

Prevents diabetes:  Clove, cinnamon and elaichi are both known to help prevent diabetes by increasing the insulin sensitivity in the body and lowering one’s blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is known to keep the mind sharp and prevent the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s and clove can help your body better utilize sugars.

Boosts metabolism:  Having a good and active metabolism is usually associated with weight loss, but did you know that a good metabolism is also responsible for other things like  helping your body digest and use food more efficiently. Being an essential part of your health, drinking chai also ensures your entire digestive system is in top condition. Moreover in Ayurveda, tea is known as a heat generating food and therefore helps speed up your metabolism.

Ref.www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/health-benefits-masala-chai-spice-tea/

 

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