Fresh ginger is used every day in Dalvi’s household. My little man who is only four has to have his ginger tea or should say chai every morning and evening. I am always happy to give his favourite chai, in weather like this.
Ginger or adarakin hindi, has been used in food and for medicinal purposes since a long time. According to Ayurveda* (see the explanation below) ginger is spicy and zesty yet sweet and warm.
I absolutely love fresh ginger just because it gives fantastic aroma as well as it is so good for your body. I must have my ginger tea every morning and evening – I am not talking about ginger flavoured tea you get in supermarkets, but I am talking about tea made with fresh ginger (Please see my recipe for fresh ginger tea at the end). My nan, my mum and my mother in law always believed that ginger not only helps in digestion but also keep illnesses like cold, cough, sore throat away from your doorstep.
As mentioned in my previous blog on mint coriander chutney, the recent research has shown that the anti-inflammatory activity in ginger can shorten the discomfort of headaches, cold and flu. According to Ayurveda, row ginger benefits the joints as it helps to reduce joint swellings in people who suffer from arthritis. Ginger helps break down accumulation of toxins in the organs. It can help promote healthy sweating, which can assist detoxification during colds and flus.
There are various ways you can consume ginger in everyday life. For example;
add grated ginger in your food when cooking
In the morning before you have your caffeine why not try healthy ginger and lemon drink. Believe me you will see the difference in a short while. The recipe is simple
add ½ inch crushed ginger, ½ tsp of fresh lemon and ½ tsp of honey in a lukewarm water and drink.
I must say few of my friends who had ginger tea at mine started drinking ginger tea on regular basis. And it made me smile when I saw the following post on facebook by my very good friend Jo.
Dalvi’s recipe for Ginger tea
Get ginger into your body for good
Serves 2 people
– 2 cups of water
– Sugar as per your choice or you can use honey or brown sugar
– inch of crushed ginger using with mortar and pestle
– 2 normal tea bags I use Tetley original
– Milk as required
– Take a milk pan, add 2 cups of water and put the pan on hob to boil
– Add crushed ginger and sugar (if you like). Boil the ginger water
– When you see it bubbling, add your tea bags, put the lid
– Let it boil on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes
– Let it settle for few seconds
– Pour it in your cup and add milk (optional)
Ayurveda* – One of the world’s oldest holistic healing system. I call it India’s old and traditional healing system
Please note I am not a doctor or nutritionist. This blog is completely based on my own personal experience of consuming ginger and the traditional recipes me and my family have been following generation after generation.