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Spicy and Savoury Broken Wheat Pongal Recipe
For decades, realms of advice columns focused on exercise as the top way to be healthy and fit. But today, more and more people are looking at fitness in a more holistic way – a mix of nutrition, positive lifestyle habits, physical exercise and good mental health.
Looking into traditional systems like Ayurveda helps us understand some of the simple but effective nutrition habits that help us build immunity, and strengthen our core. For example, ajwain, or carom seeds, is a power-packed ingredient found in most Indian kitchens.
Ajwain’s nutritional value comes with natural healing powers, which is why it finds a prime place in Ayurveda. Incorporating ajwain into your daily diet has transformative effects on health.
To up the nutrition antae even further, introduce organic ajwain, which is cultivated without the use of harmful chemical pesticides, in soil that is free of any chemical influence. Organically produced food offer optimum nutritional value, and consumers the world over are making a switch for optimum health.
Here’s a look at what makes ajwain such a power ingredient.
In terms of ajwan’s nutritional value, both ajwain and thyme contain the aromatic oil thymol. However, in the herb thyme, the presence of thymol is much more subtle. Though ajwain carrom seeds might smell stronger and taste a little more bitter, it has a stronger impact on good health if consumed, regularly. Ajwain also contains important antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre.
There are a few cases where ajwain must be taken under advisement. For example, pregnant women must consult their doctors, as well as people living with conditions like ulcerative colitis due to the strong nature of ajwain
The aromatic oils in ajwain help to dilate blood vessels, thus reducing high blood pressure. Thymol acts as a natural calcium channel blocker, which helps to relax and expand blood vessels, in turn lowering blood pressure. It prevents calcium from entering the heart, which can lead to blockages in the heart. Consuming ajwain on a regular basis also helps lower bad cholesterol.
Ajwain has a soothing effect during chronic coughs and colds. It helps to increase airflow to the lungs by discharging the mucous. This paves the way to remove nasal blockages. Consume a powder mix of organic ajwain and jaggery twice a day for the best effects, especially if you have conditions like asthma.
Ajwain has strong antibaterial and antifungal qualities.
Consuming ajwain water on a daily basis helps to build the strength of your digestive system and make it robust over time. The presence of thymol as well as tiny amounts of phytochemicals like terpinene, cymene and limonene help to combat any signs of indigestion. It also makes one more resilient to food poisoning and other digestive disorders.
Just roast a few ajwain seeds, soak in water for a long as possible, and then drink the water after straining the seeds. Adding some organic honey to the water makes it even more power-packed.
You don’t need to throw away the seeds – they can be repurposed during cooking.
Consuming ajwain water is a great natural home remedy for constipation due to its natural laxative qualities. It helps to loosen stools the stools and trigger bowel movements. It does not take much time to have an effect, and also has no side effects. If you’re experiencing a lot of gas, this is a good remedy to address it.
Just as ajwain water helps adults tackle multiple issues related to the digestive system, it is also offered to babies to help their digestive systems become strong and resilient to indigestion, constipation and other issues like gas and flatulency.
Those looking to reduce weight can also develop a habit of drinking ajwain on a regular basis. Ajwain helps in growing metabolism, by burning fat reserves in the body. Soak the roasted seeds overnight, and drink first thing every morning for best effects. Follow this with a morning workout for maximum impact.
Every month millions of women experience painful cramps during their monthly cycle. Drinking ajwain water during that time of the monthly cycle is a natural and safe way to reduce menstrual cramps, vis-à-vis, say taking chemical-laced painkillers. The latter can lead to further side effects.
Besides consuming ajwain water, you can also directly chew the seeds and then drink water. If consumed over a period of time, this practice makes one more resilient to pain caused by common menstrual disorders. It also regulates excess blood flow. For effects, use organic carom seeds.
Besides consuming ajwain water, caroom seeds can be consumed in multiple ways by being creative in the kitchen!
It can be sprinkled as part of the tadka for dals. It can be added to the dough for rotis, biscuits and bread, mixed into cheela (savoury pancakes made of besan) as well as other kinds of savoury pancakes. It can also be ground into a powder and used in curries, pickles as well as sprinkled into the dough.
Taking into account organic ajwain’s nutritional value, it’s a good idea to make it part of your weekly menu. For best results, use organic ajwain, which is a great investment in good health and wellness.
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Spicy and Savoury Broken Wheat Pongal Recipe