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Tamarind Tale

Posted by Anna Anandita on

Tamarind is a spice which has been an essential part of most South Asian cordon bleu. It grows on the tree, Tamarindus indica, as a brown, pod-like fruit that contains a pulp and black seeds inside. It can be sweet or sour which is an integral factor in its choice for use. It is also known as Imli in Hindi. Its name is derived from Arabic, meaning tamar hindi, "Indian date". It is found throughout the tropical regions namely, Africa, South Asia, northern Australia, Oceania, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and China. Contrary to popular belief, tamarind originates from Africa.   DID YOU...

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Benefits of Adrak

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Ginger, or scientifically known as, Zingiber officinale, is a widely used spice and medicine. It belongs to the family that includes turmeric and cardamom too. It is one of the first spices to have been exported from Asia.  Out of the total production of ginger throughout the world in 2018, India led the highest with 32% of the world total.  Ginger has a variety of uses in food or medicine items such as vegetables, candy, soda, pickles, and alcoholic beverages. It is a key ingredient in any Indian household, roots back amongst the Ayurvedas. Its use dates back to 3000...

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Health Benefits of Gulkand

Posted by Sumedha Chhikara on

Many of us eat Gulkand when we eat the paan. It is an essential part of the mukhwas that we eat after meals. However, Gulkand can and should be eaten by itself too. There are many health benefits of Gulkand because of the nutritious ingredients in it. It is basically known for its cooling properties. It is also called a natural coolant. Gulkand is essentially considered a medicine in Ayurveda. The Making of Gulkand Gulkand is an easy to prepare delicacy, which can be made at home without much hassle. All that is required are Damask rose petals and sugar. The...

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Why you should include mint (pudina) in your diet

Posted by Sumedha Chhikara on

We all know mint or pudina as a cooling herb. From being used in making refreshing  mocktails such as Mint Mojito to being a daily ingredient in our kitchens, mint is used for a variety of purposes. In Indian cooking mint is widely used in preparing chutneys, relishes, salads, sauces and teas. Due to it’s cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, mint is also used in a variety of oral hygiene products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes, mouth fresheners, gums, candies etc. The germicidal properties of mint kill the bacteria in the mouth, leaving the teeth and gums healthy. Mint is also known...

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5 Reasons why the Good Old Paan is Healthy

Posted by Sumedha Chhikara on

In India, Paan or Betel leaf has played an important role since ancient times. The use of Paan was known for centuries for its curative properties. Paan is used as a restorative, an antiseptic, and a breath freshener. The leaves are rich in vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene and are a great source of calcium. Because of its medicinal and herbal properties, paan plays a very important role in oral hygiene. If you look on the other hand, you see paan has a symbolic value at ceremonies and cultural events in south and Southeast Asia. Paan...

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