Ginger, Turmeric and Lemon Tea

Today’s recipe is about the power of a water based drink. I have noticed the difference it makes, after including it as a part of my daily routine. I am not a nutritional expert but when it is the question of my family’s well-being, I like to incorporate natural things to keep them healthy. Here’s the recipe of a water based drink that can be made and stored for two days in individual bottles or a large jug in the fridge. I have used three natural ingredients namely ginger, turmeric and lemon.

Ginger is known to boost bone health and relieve joint pain. It has a number of unique organic compounds, which have actually been named gingerols, and these are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. These gingerols have been directly associated with improvements in knee inflammation and associated pain, as well as suppressing the inflammatory compounds at the source before they can begin to affect the body. Ginger represents both a preventative measure and a treatment for inflammation and its associated pain.

The amazing health benefits of turmeric include its ability to reduce inflammation,heal wounds, improve skin health, protect cognitive abilities, and ease menstrual difficulties. Turmeric also helps eliminate depression, alleviate pain, slow the aging process, protect the digestive tract, and prevent cancer.

Lemon enjoys a global eminence, thanks to its incredible health benefits. This inexpensive and easily available sweet-tart fruit has high amount of Vitamin C that helps in boosting the immune system. Thus, we can keep several illnesses at a bay by drinking one glass of lemon water each day.

Servings are subject to your requirements.

Procedure

1. Wash two inch size of fresh ginger, two inch size of fresh raw turmeric. Wash and take half a lemon. Sometimes I use half of a sweet orange to impart its natural sweetness to the otherwise pungent water. Cut each into thin roundels.

2. Boil a litre of water and when it comes to a boil, simmer and then add all of the above ingredients. Let it boil for a minute and then put off the flame. Cover and let it rest for half an hour.

3. Drain and store it in bottles. Your drink is ready but add honey when you give it to your children or old people. The pungency of ginger and turmeric can irritate their throats.

4. If you are allergic to citrus fruits, you can omit lemon or orange and just make it with ginger and turmeric.

5. This can be had either warm or cold. But in case of a bad cold, have it piping hot.

6. To store fresh ginger and turmeric, wash them thoroughly, cut them into very thin roundels and keep it out in the sun to dry.

7. On a bright sunny day, it dries up very fast. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and make the drink whenever you want to.

8. To replace fresh turmeric, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder for a litre of water can be used.

9. For a clearer complexion and glowing skin, have this drink for a week and watch the difference.

10. Keeps bad body odour and bad breath at bay and keeps you smelling fresh and vibrant.

Note: Turmeric stains can be avoided by wearing gloves while cutting them. The bottles and jug can also acquire a yellowish tinge if used regularly to store this drink.

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 Stir-Fried Chicken and Broccoli 

We all know the health benefits of broccoli and my lookout is to include it in our diet everyday, whenever it is in season. In a house full of die hard non- vegetarians, this was quite an arduous task. Today’s recipe is one of my experiments to combine this veggie with non-veg and it turned out pretty well.

The ingredients are not measurement specific, you can use any amount you like. 

Procedure :

Cut the broccoli into small florets and the chicken breast(boneless)  into bite size cubes.

Tip: For better results, take chicken thigh boneless pieces and cut them into bite sized cubesAt times we tend to go wrong with breast boneless, because they turn chewy.  

Take oil in a wok  and add sliced onions, chopped garlic and then add chicken, and fresh or dried thyme and sautee.

Then, add salt and pepper and cover and cook on low heat for 10 mins. 

Remove the lid and mix everything well. Cover and cook for 5 more mins. 

Add brocolli florets and cook on high heat till all the juice released from the chicken sticks to the pieces and the florets.

Serve hot with soup and toasted garlic bread.


Quinoa Pulao

Pronounced “keen-wah,” this protein-packed grain contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber. It looks a bit like couscous and is as versatile as rice, but quinoa has a richer, nuttier flavor than either of them.Quinoa is closely related to the edible plants beetroot, spinach, and amaranth(Amaranthus spp.), another pseudocereal which it closely resembles. Amaranth or Rajgira as it is locally known is a cheaper alternative to quinoa. We can use rajgira instead of quinoa. 

Both are pseudo-grains — foods that are prepared like grains (for making flours, and cereals), but are actually seeds and are gluten free. Rajgira, also called amaranth, is comparable to quinoa in terms of calories (370 cal per 100gm), fibre (7gm), fat (6-7gm) and protein (6-7gm), and has similar calcium, potassium and iron content too, plus higher vitamin E and magnesium as compared to quinoa.Both can be eaten on its own as a side dish, with a bit of butter or oil, salt and pepper, or other seasonings. It also makes a great breakfast dish mixed with dried fruit, cinnamon, milk, and maple syrup or honey. Paired with chili, stir-fries, beans or curries, quinoa is a healthy substitute for rice, and it also makes a tasty pilaf. In fact, I made one in a rice – cooker and everyone loved it. 

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Green Moong Daal

This daal has been used for thousands of years in grandmothers kitchens all across the Asian continent as a healing medicine. Well renowned  for its nourishing and detoxifying effects, Green Mung soup or daal helps to balance all 3 doshas. It helps clear away Aam (toxicity) that gets lodged in the body over time due to poor diet, lack of exercise and living a sedentary lifestyle. This is ideal for anyone trying to shed a few pounds or wanting to do a gentle cleanse. It has also been said that living on this daal for seven continuous days will cure you of all mamy of your ailments. I love this recipe and am sharing  with you. I have added a few more things to make this tastier for people who do not like the taste of moong. This is a complete food in itself and there is no need to have rice or any bread with it. I love to have this with roti though. 

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My Home-Made Granola Bars

 

This has saved me and  my family so many times from hunger pangs and all of us carry a few in our hand bags. The one I make is moister than the store ones and normally I have a spare box in my fridge. I have added whatever I had in my fridge and felt was good for my family’s health. If you do not have all ingredients  you can still go ahead skipping a few, barring the basic ones like oats, chia seeds, honey and butter.
Makes 12 bars

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