Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spicy herbal recipe for treating cold, cough and bodyaches?

Here is a spicy recipe ideal for winter, protects from coughs, colds and body aches. Also ideal to take along during travel


1. Tamarind lemon size

2. Salt 1 tsp

3. Turmeric 1/4 tsp

4. Oil

To Roast:

1. Black pepper 1 tbsp

2. Varatha Molaga - 4

3. Ultham paruppu 1 tsp

4. Tovaram parauppu 1 tsp

5. Kadala paruppu 1 tsp

6. Mendhiyum 1/4 tsp

7. Asafoetida 1 pinch

To season:

1. kadugu 1/4 tsp

2. Ultham paruppu 1/4 tsp

3. Karvapilai leaves


In a little oil, fry all the roasting ingredients, let them cool, then grind to a powder or paste with water.

Boil the tamarind and extract all the juice.

Splutter mustard and urad dal and curry leaves in a little oil.

Add the tamarind juice, turmeric powder and salt and bring it to boil.

Add the roasted mixture and reduce the flame to low. Bring it to a boil, adding some water, if required and stirring in between. Continue till it becomes a thick paste.

This can be served with rice and ghee/oil, along with papads or chips or raita or any vegetable. This will last for several days if stored in the fridge.

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