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Jan 31, 2014

Tulasi Kashayam/ Holy Basil Tea

Tulasi Kashayam/ Holy Basil Tea

In India, the Tulasi herb has been widely known for its health-promoting properties -- for body, mind, and spirit for over 5000 years. The 'Tulasi' plant or Indian basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition.
Dark or Shyama Tulasi and light or Rama Tulasi are the two main varieties of basil, the former possessing greater medicinal value. Of the many varieties, the Krishna or Shyama Tulasi is commonly used for worship.

Tualsi/Holy Basil
Many of the potential health advantages
 Tulasi can provide you, by:
  • Helping support your respiratory system
  • Delivering you antioxidant protection against free radicals
  • Providing you with a calming effect and stress relief
  • Helping support your immune system
  • Boosting your digestive system health
  • Helping you maintains blood sugar levels already in the normal range
Tulasi Kashayam is an instant preparation made out of herbs. It can use for acute running nose, cold and cough on an instant basis.

Ingredients:
 Fresh Tulasi leaves                                     2 hand full (separate the stem)
Omam Powder  (Ajwain powder)                    1 tsp.
Palm sugar candy   (Panam Kalkandu)             6 pieces
Water                                                        ½ liter

 Method:
  • Take ½ liter of water in a sauce pan and bring it to boil.
  • Add Tulasi leaves, Ajwain (Omam) powder and sugar candy pieces into it.
  • Boil it well for ½ hour in low flame.
  • Let it reduce to half the quantity.
  • Now Tulasi decoction is ready.
  • Strain through a tea filter and drink warm.
  • This is a best home remedy for acute cold , cough, and headache.
  • Relieves you from congestion and soothes your throat.
  • It should be warmed and taken at least two times a day.
Note: You can use jaggery or Karuppatti also.






Nov 1, 2011

Thippili Sathuamudhu (Long Pepper Rasam)

Botanical name for long pepper is Piper Lon gum.  The bark of the plant is called Kandan Thippili and the dried fruit is called Arisi Thippili.
More details about Thippili. Here you go …
 This Sathuamuthu is traditionally prepared to alleviate gastric issues .This sathumudu (Rasam) is very effective remedy for common cold and cough and body aches.

Ingredients
Tamarind                                       a small lemon size
Salt                                                to taste
Coriander leaves 
Roast and grind to  Powder
Kandathippili                                 4 sticks
Arisi Thippili                                  4-5 grains
Dry ginger powder                      1 tsp
Black pepper                                1 tsp
Jeera/cumin                               1 tsp
Red chillies                                 4 no
Toovar dhal                                1 tsp
Asafetida                                   1/2 tsp
 curry leaves                              Few
Turmeric                                    a pinch
For seasoning:
Ghee                                       1tbsp
Mustard                                  1/2 tsp
Black Pepper                            ¼ tsp
Jeera                                        1/4 tsp
Red chili                                   1 no
Curry leaves                             few
 Method:
  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water, squeeze out the juice and discard the pulp. Keep aside.
  • Heat up a small pan and dry roast all above items and dry grind coarsely. (This powder can be made in excess and store for few days in an airtight container).
  • Stir the ground powder into the tamarind water.
  • Add salt into it and cook on medium heat until the raw smell of tamarind disappears (about 8 min). Add 2 cups of water.
  • When it begins to boil, remove from stove.
  • Temper with all seasonings in ghee. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Rasam can be served with rice or as a soup.


Jan 16, 2011

Panakkam (Jaggery spicy water)

This is a sweet and spicy drink.  At my home I used to prepare this drink on Rama Navami and Swathi nakshatram days. Panakkam is a very important Neivedyam  for Lord LakshmiNarasimha.  When I make this drink, I always remember the Mangalagiri Temple. It is located in southern India near Vijayawada. The lord’s name is Panakala Narasimha Swamy – (God Who Drinks Panakam).This temple is on a hill-top. In the temple, there will be no statue of the god, but there is only mouth, widely opened to 15 cms. The God takes Jaggery water as offering by a conch. 


You can make this drink within 5 minutes. This is very healthy and also home remedies for cold and cough.

Ingredients:

 Grated Jaggery                                 3 tbsp
Dry ginger powder                             1 tbsp
Crushed black pepper                         1 tbsp
Coarsely crushed cardamom               4 nos
Water                                                2 cups
Lemon juice                                       2 tsp

Method:

  •  Mix Jaggery in water and dissolve it. Filter it.
  • Add dry ginger powder, pepper, cardamoms, and lemon.
  • Mix it very well and served cold.



Jan 15, 2011

Jeera Vellam/ Cumin seed Herbal Water

Cumin seed is known as Jeera in Hindi and Seeragam(seer+Agam) in Tamil. Agam means human body; Seer means making it healthy .Thats why cumin seed is used in most of the Indian dishes on a daily basis. Cumin seed is very good for digestion and stomach ache. And also it boosts metabolism, , improves memories, removes cold.and cures indigestion. It also helps removing Vata dosha from the body

According to ayurveda jeera exhibits the following medicinal properties.

((Shubhrajeeram katu graahi paachanam deepanam laghu
Garbhashayashuddhikaram ruksham balyam sugandhikam

Tiktham vamikshayaadhmanam vaatam kushtam visham jwaram

This water is easy to make and also you can drink on daily basis.

Ingredients:
Jeera –                     3 tbsp
Brown sugar            – 2 tsp
Water -                      2 cups

Method:
  • Dry fry the cumin seed in very low flame till brown color.
  • Take a sauce pan , add water and fried cumin . Boil it.
  • When it starts boiling add the brown sugar.
  • Boil for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Filter the Jeera water. Serve with Tulsi or Mint leaves.
  • Drink hot.
Note:This is very good for digestion


Jan 13, 2011

Ginger Kashayam

A cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory track. When cold “catches” you, you need to take plenty of rest in bed and also drink plenty of fluids. This ginger Kashayam will help to reduce your cold and throat infection.

Ingredients:
Ginger                                - 2 inch
Lemon                                – 1/2
Cinnamon stick                     – 1 small (broken)
Nutmeg powder                    – 2 to 3 pinches
Cardamom crushed                - 2 no
Cloves                                  - 3 to 4
Dry Ginger powder                   – ½ tsp
Jaggery or brown sugar            - 1 tbsp
Water                                    - 2 cups (500 mL)

Method:
  • Juice the ginger and lemon.
  • Place above juices in the pan. Add water& all above ingredients (except nutmeg, cardamom powders).
  • Heat it. Gently simmer the stove and filter the Kashayam and add nutmeg and cardamom powder.
  • Drink it hot.
Note:This Kashayam will help to reduce your cold and boost your immune system






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