Recipe – LEMONGRASS TEA

Lemongrass tea is a soothing, easy to make and comforting beverage. The benefits of lemongrass tea is endless combined with anti-oxidant properties. It aids digestion, removes harmful toxins from the body, helps in curing fever and cold. This recipe which I share today is an exhilirating blend of lemon peel, lemongrass and ginger. Have added only ½ tsp of organic honey and sometimes, I skip lemon peel and add lemon juice instead. You can also sweeten it with your favourite sweeteners of choice. For a healthier version, it is best to have fresh and drink warm. However, you can also chill it in the refrigerator and add some ice cubes too.

total time : 20 mins, serves : 2, author : gloria

Ingredients

2 stalks of lemongrass

1” ginger (peeled/crushed)

4 cups water

½ tsp lemon peel

pinch of ground mace or cinnamon

honey or jaggery, as desired (optional)

Method

Remove tough outer layers of the lemongrass stems and trim off the hard part at the root end; wash it in water. With the back of the knife, lightly bruise the stalk.

Place ginger, lemon peel and the lemongrass in a saucepan along with fresh cold water and boil. Cover with a lid and let it come to a rolling boil on medium heat.

Now, reduce heat and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes. Switch off flame and let the flavours steep for 10 minutes.

Strain and add pinch of ground mace or cinnamon. Once it cools slightly, sweeten the tea with honey or jaggery, if desired.

Pour into your favourite cup, sipping it slowly; enjoy!

Recipe – HEALTHY DRINK

I have been having this healthy drink consistently once a day for 4 days in a week for the past 2 years and it has proved beneficial to me. Thought of sharing it to everybody who believes in wellness and good health.

This healthy drink is excellent to have it early morning empty stomach half an hour before breakfast. It has important health benefits like weight loss, curbs constipation and controls sugar levels.

If following the recipe, always start slowly by taking a glass of warm water, 1 tsp ACV and the other ingredients to see how it works and gradually increase quantities. I, sometimes, skip honey and increase the quantity of lukewarm water; the other ingredients remain the same. It can be also made with green tea or juices too, depending on your taste.   It is recommended to use organic raw unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients

300 ml lukewarm water

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)

½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder

half of 1 lime or lemon

¼ tsp organic honey (optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and stir till everything is completely dissolved.

Towards good health!

Recipe – TURMERIC MILK (haldi doodh)

Turmeric has lots of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with milk, ginger and pepper, this drink has many medicinal value which promotes good health. A sip of hot turmeric milk soothes sore throat, cold, cough and other infections.

Turmeric combined with milk, ginger and pepper makes a wonderful soothing drink to keep cold at bay.

prep time : 2 mins, cooking time: 10 minutes, Serves : 1 cup, cuisine : indian, author : gloria

Ingredients

1 cup milk

1/8 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp black pepper

1″ ginger


Method

Crush ginger and pepper separately in a mortar and pestle; keep aside.

Pour milk in a small saucepan. Add the crushed ginger and pepper; bring it to a boil.

Now, add turmeric; stir and simmer for 4-5 minutes; allow it to cook till the raw taste of the turmeric goes.

Remove from the heat; filter and pour this healthy drink in a cup. Enjoy!!!

My observations/notes:

– It is better to use organic turmeric for best results. I crushed some turmeric sticks and grounded into a fine powder

– can add jaggery or palm sugar if required

– can use any type of milk for this preparation

FENUGREEK-CAROM-BLACK CUMIN SEEDS POWDER

FENUGREEK-CAROM-BLACK CUMIN SEEDS POWDER (METHI-AJWAIN-KALI JEERI POWDER)

Fenugreek-carom-black cumin seeds has multiple health benefits. It helps in lowering cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease, controls blood sugar levels, helps in reducing weight and is good for digestion. Also, it is very effective in reducing joint and back pains.

I take it daily on an empty stomach with a glass of lukewarm water. Having doing this for many years. I got this recipe from my ma-in-law and thought to share it.

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Prep time : 15 mins

Ingredients

250 gms fenugreek seeds (methi)

100 gms carom seeds (ajwain)

50 gms black cumin seeds (kali jeeri)

Method

Dry roast the above ingredients separately on low heat.

Grind them separately in a mixer grinder into fine powder.

Mix the powdered mixture and store  it in a clean airtight container. It will stay for months.

Take 1/8 teaspoon daily on an empty stomach; half an hour before breakfast with a glass of lukewarm water.

Stay healthy!!