Ginger is a rhizome widely used as a spice and in folk medicine. It is aromatic, pungent and has tremendous immune boosting action. It is full of vitamins-A, B, C and D and also contains sodium, potassium, calcium and manganese. It is excellent for alleviating gastro intestinal distress and throat pain.
1. Ginger n Lime Juice
Prep time: 5 minutes
Simply combine grated ginger [approx 1 tsp], juice of I lemon, 1 ½ tsps of honey and water to get a deliciously refreshing drink. Chilled water in summer and hot water in winter are recommended.
2. Ginger and Tamarind chutney
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes
Squeeze out the tamarind juice, strain and set aside. In a pan splutter the mustard seeds and red chili in a little oil. Add the chopped ginger, green chilies and turmeric powder and stir for two minutes. Pour in the tamarind juice and cook well. Add salt to taste. Cook the tamarind for about 5 minutes or till it thickens and oil floats to the top. Next add the molasses and stir well. Sprinkle the powdered sesame. Mix well. Cool and store in an air tight jar. This is a delicious tangy, sweet dish and keeps for up to a month in the fridge.
P.S. Great with rice and parathas!
3. Ginger salad dressing
1 tbsp grated ginger, 1 tsp sesame seeds, 2 tsps soya sauce, 2 tbsps olive oil and 2 flakes garlic crushed well, all tossed together makes for a different and refreshing salad dressing. Toss vegetables in this and drizzle a teaspoon of honey over the salad to top off.