The Ancient and Stimulating Spice Industry | Ian Herbie Hemphill {Podcast #026}

About Ian Herbie Hemphill

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill is an Australian foodie legend. He and his family have been educating us about spices and herbs for over 50 years. 3 Generations of herbs and spice Hemphills.

Ian Hemphill’s lifelong experience in the spice industry means we can gain the “inside story” into the ancient and stimulating spice industry.

Herbies have a product range of over 200 items, including over 100 spice blends, all developed by Herbie and made daily in the Herbie’s Spicery on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

The Hemphill's hobby is also their passion, their business, and their livelihood.

Ian is the author of books:

  • The Spice and Herb Bible.
  • “Spice Travels - A Spice merchant’s voyage of discovery” - Ians personal anecdotes and travel stories.
  • He runs Herbies TV.
  • Spice Notes.
  • Herbaceous.
  • Spicery.
  • Sticks, Seeds, Pods and Leaves.

Herbie & Liz wanted to achieve three main objectives for their business:

  1. To have the largest range of culinary herbs and spices in the Southern Hemisphere;
  2. To always search for the best quality and make 100% natural blends;
  3. and very important, was to educate consumers so they could judge for themselves.

In This Episode We Discuss

History of the Spice Trade

  • The worlds second oldest profession.
  • One of the most lucrative businesses.
  • It was used as a currency. - Using something with actual value.
  • Spices were used as a status symbol. 
  • Myths of spices about the way they were developed.
  • Pepper corn rent - pepper corns were used to pay rent. 
  • How have we lost our appreciation for this highly valuable commodity? Have we become numb and ignorant to the abundant healing power and importance of spices?
    • Mass marketing has reduced spices to commodity status. 
    • Adulteration means consumers are not exposed to true quality spices.

Adulteration and Quality

  • Food fraud.
  • Buying powdered spices.
  • Range of quality and variety of spices. - Depends on climate, place grown.
  • How is it packaged/stored? - spices in bulk bins, plastic, paper.
  • Herbie’s products contain No Added artificial ingredients or fillers of any kind. 
  • Herbies grind spices themselves except some chilli and turmeric.

How to become familiar with the spices we are using. 

Look and smell the spice each time we use them.

Drying Spices

  • To activate the natural enzymes and bring out the flavour.
  • The less moisture content of 10-12% of dried herbs compared to over 80% when it is fresh, preserve the herbs while retaining he volatile oils.
  • Must dry quickly or else mold can start growing if the moisture lingers during the process. But to fast the heat will destroy the volatile oils and flavours.

Organic vs. Non-organic

Is it so important with spices? How is the pesticide use in the spice industry?

Spices in Agriculture

Mono-culture vs. permaculture?

Tip for Cooking Spices

Don’t pour over steam as steam gets in, allows the volatile oils to oxidise or worse, create mould.

Saffron

Medicinal Uses

  • Vajikarana - Sukra vardhaka - aphrodisiac that increases reproductive tissue and strength.
  • Rakta dhatu (Blood Tissue Health) - Increases haemoglobin thus good for anaemia.
  • Heart - enhancing the lymph and blood tissues (rasa and rakta dhatus) encourages blood flow through the circulatory system. Good for angina (inadequate blood supply to the heart) and cardiac congestion.
  • Enhances purity as it is very sattvic herb, which enhances love and compassion.
  • For mental health and brain health.
  • Nervous disorders - rejuvenates majja (bone marrow) and sukra (reproductive) dhatu, thus good for vata and degenerative diseases.
  • Skin conditions such as discoloured patches of the face. External applciation.
  • Cures headache - topical application.
  • Ulcers, worms, vomiting.

Ayurvedic properties:

  • Rasa (taste) - katu, titkta (pungent, bitter)
  • Virya (energy) - usna (heating)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (Qualities) - snidgha, laghu (unctuousness, light)
  • Doshas - Tridoshic. Can heat pitta in excess.
  • Karma (Action): Yogavahi (catalyst)

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice! and most expensive commodity! more expensive than gold!

With a street value on average of around A$20,000 per kilo.

A double handful of saffron weighing about 1 kilo, will contain at least 200,000 stigmas. - the female organ on the flower, held by the male pollen/organ, called the stamen.

  • Hand picked.
  • Origin - Kashmir (5%), Iran (over 90% of worlds supply, 360 tones a year!), Spain ( biggest exporter, thus importer).
  • Different grades.
  • Best quality - Kashmir - is the whole stigma with a little bit of style.
  • Medium quality - Iran, afganistan.
  • Inferior quality - Persia.
  • Amount of land to produce how much stigmas - 5 acres/ kilo of saffron.
  • 170,000 flowers = 100kg flowers = 1kg dry saffron.

Herbie at a Kasmir saffron field

Adulteration

  • Safflower petals, corn silk, coconut fibre, and even dyed shredded crocus petals were passed off as saffron.
  • How to test? Dissolve water test. - Real saffron takes 15-60mins to release the golden hue. Artificial saffron releases a redder colour, and aroma is like sandalwood. Learn to test here.
  • In the past, there were saffron police in Germany

To use saffron:
Soak in warm milk, better not boiled.

Saffron purity test

Vanilla

  • World supply shortage.
  • From $50/kg to $500/kg.
  • Second most expensive spice in the world.
  • The most fluctuating spice in price.
  • Make your own Vanilla bean paste by simply warming 1 Tablespoon of glucose syrup and stirring in 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean powder.
  • Can only be pollinated by one particular bee that is native to Mexico, and that is also nearly extinct. 
  • During a shortage, Coca Cola used 20% of the vanilla supply for Vanilla Coke!
  • Curing vanilla is a complex process.
Herbie at a vanilla farm in Mexico

Black Pepper

Sanskrit: Maricha
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum (Piperaceae)

Black pepper is much more than your common kitchen spice. It is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurvedic medicine that provides powerful medicinal actions beyond being just a spicy ingredient.

Named after one of the names of the sun, Maricha, it possess the same qualities as this spherical source of heat and light. It is warming, drying and stimulating to the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Digestion - stimulates agni (digestive fire), burns ama (undigested food material) relieves abdominal pain and helps remove parasites.
  • Lungs - Specific for cold, wet, damp, kapha conditions in the respiratory channel.
  • Circulation - stimulates the microcirculation in the capillaries and move stagnated blood
  • Fever - Helps “cook” the pathogens and then induce a sweat. Clears ama.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - Pungent, bitter
Virya (energy) - Hot
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - Sweet
Guna (quality) - Light, dry, sharp
Dosha effect VK-, P+

Cardamom

  • Distinct camphorous, eucalyptus-like, pungent and astringent aroma.
  • Perennial plant.
  • Dried in the dark.
  • One of Herbie’s favourite spices.
  • When buying ground cardamom, make sure it is only the seeds ground, since a lot of ground cardamom has the husks still.
  • Environmentally friendly to grow - since it grows in the shade in the rainforest, and doesn’t need to be irrigated.

Shortages of cardamom seeds

  • The importation of seeds of any kind has become more difficult due to new Australian bio-security regulations introduced recently. October 2019.
  • That combined with low harvests in India (Herbie’s source) and Guatemala (another major producer) you may have to stock up on whole green cardamom pods, and peel the husk away to avail yourself of the seeds as you need them.
  • That’s what Herbies is doing in order to continue to include ground cardamom in retail packs.

Elādwaya (Elettaria Cardamomum) / (Green Cardamom)

Sanskrit synonym: Suksmaila

Rasa (taste) – katu and madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Sita (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – Madhura (sweet)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KV-
Karma (action):

  • Pitta vata hara
    • Pitta hara due to sita virya
    • Vatahara due to madhura vipaka.
  • Swasa, Kasa (Asthma, dyspnoea)
  • Arsa (Piles)
  • Dysuria

Sthūla Ela (amomum subulatum) / (Black Cardamom)

Krsna Ela (Black Cardamom) has a very strong odor and camphor like quality.

Rasa (taste) – katu and slightly madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KP- and Rakta- (pacifies blood)
Karma (action):

  • Vatakapha hara - Kapha hara due to usna virya and katu vipaka.
  • Deepana (enkindles agni)
  • Itching, thirst, nausea, poison, diseases of mutravaha (urinary tract)
  • Swasa, kasa, vomiting, headache.

Turmeric

Turmeric in the Spice Industry

  • Fresh vs dry - Dry is more potent, with the active ingredients concentrated. More pure.
  • Easy to grow, but hard to get a good quality. 
  • Extracts vs. Whole herbs - always go with whole herbs.

2 types of Turmeric:

  1. Madras turmeric - from Tamil Nadu. More light yellow in colour.
  2. Allepy turmeric - much darker in colour. Higher curcumin content, a more superior fresh turmeric flavour. More unctuous due higher cur cumin content.

Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet!

And I don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Check out  the medicinal benefits and Ayurvedic perspective of turmeric HERE.

Native Australian Herbs and Spices

Australian Native Pepperberry (Tasmannia lanceolata)

Chilli

  • Didn’t come from Asia.
  • The pungent aroma of chilli and its hot, sinus-clearing, throat-searing substance called capsaicin permeated the air at India’s famous chilli market in Guntur, the largest chilli market in the world.
  • 50 acres dedicated to just the market!
  • Hundreds of tons of chillis.
  • Make sure they are fully dried to avoid mould. Dry to around 12% moisture content.
  • The sugar caramelises when you dry them to create a rich, robust and quite complex flavour. 

Pink pepper corns (Schinus molle)

In this podcast, Herbie mentioned it has a toxin in it. While this toxin may be present, I still forage pink pepper corns from the trees growing around the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.


Resources

Herbies

Check out the Spice Tours that Herbies run in India.

Watch the amusing video on a cardamom auction in India.


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Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana's - Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that's used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species.
I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as "Kadali" in Sanskrit.

The Benefits:

  • "Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning." (Lodhradi Gana).(1)
  • Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude. (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation).
  • It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta.
  • It increases stomach acid - beneficial for those with too little acid.
  • High in Potassium - Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles.
  • High in Vitamin B6 - Combining B12, Folic acid, and B6 is important because they are synergistically active to provide protection to the heart, brain, and nervous system and more.
  • Skin Care - It is good to incorporate in to your homemade topical skin paste. Especially for Pitta skin types.
  • Low Pesticide Levels - Banana's are not very "dirty" in the sense that conventional tree's don't require much pesticides.

Cautions:

Banana + Dairy = Incompatible Food Combination (Viruddha Ahara)

Banana mixed with dairy is highly incompatible.

The post-digestive action (vipaka) of Banana is sour, while the vipaka of milk is sweet. The different vipakas create an incompatible food composition that typically deposits as "Ama" (undigested food material = toxins) in the body and will manifest as disease later. It changes the intestinal flora and diminishes Agni (digestive fire).

Banana mixed with dairy is a common cause of skin diseases.

This (incompatible) food combination is so common in the west, and is in my top 3 "biggest flaws of the western diet." Stay away from Banana Smoothies with milk (see my healthier Banana Smoothie Recipe), Banana in your Porridge, Banana Milkshake and Banana Cake.

Generally, banana (like most fruits) should be eaten alone, but there are some exceptions (see below).

Time to Eat Banana

  • Banana is one of the only fruits with "rules" - One should not eat it on full stomach nor empty stomach.
  • Banana is not healthy to eat first thing in the morning.
  • Like other fruit, having Banana as an afternoon snack is an appropriate time to eat banana.
  • People with high blood sugar should not eat banana very much.

Ayurvedic Properties

  • Rasa (Taste) - Sweet and Astringent
  • Virya (Energy) - Cooling
  • Vipaka (Post-Digestive Effect) - Sour

Banana Smoothie

A more compatible and healthier option.

Recipe here.

References:
(1) Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Ch. 16, (18-19).

photo: by Dylan Smith taken in Tiruvannamalai. 

Other Feature Foods:

Hot Milk Elixir

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight.

Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep?

This Ayurvedic remedy will reduce your stress to allow you to switch off and gain a more restful and undisturbed sleep.

Supersede the Stress

Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones) do not decrease, rather they keep us revved up throughout the night and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down.

Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%. The improvements of sleep are remarkable:

  • Promotes deeper sleep (3)
  • Supports more restorative sleep (3)
  • Provides relaxation at the level needed for sleep (4)
  • Calms anxiety (4)
  • Improves numerous stress markers (5)
  • These peptides further support digestion, emotional state, cognitive function and even cardiovascular function. (6)

Interestingly, these peptides in milk activate GABA receptors.(4) Pharmaceutical drugs that are widely used as sedatives for stress, anxiety, and sleep target these same GABA receptors!(7)

Ojas Building

Even if you sleep well, this night-time tonic will not only upgrade your sleep to be more deep and restful, but also build your Ojas.

Ojas (OH-jas) is considered to be the most refined by-product of digestion, said to reside in the heart. Ayurveda considers ojas to be a bio-celestial substance that is our vital essence.

Our vitality, immunity, vigour, skin, sleep, digestion, spirituality and physical strength are all directly influenced by our reserve of ojas.

Ojas builds our inner silence. It Increases the ability to genetically connect with the circadian rhythms allowing the body to resonate with the rhythms and thrive. If your body is under stress, emergency alarm bells will keep ringing (flight or fight response/sympathetic nervous system) disconnecting you from the genetic ability to hear these rhythms.

Building ojas is an art. Yoga, pranayama breathing exercises, meditation, spending time in nature, sleeping at the right times, laughing, showing love and affection and giving to others, spending time being creative, relaxing, and doing things that make you happy all build ojas.

Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build ojas is to eat a diet of fresh, unprocessed whole foods in the appropriate season.
Further, there are certain foods and herbs in Ayurveda that are great ojas-builders. These were traditionally blended with warm milk and taken before bed as a sleep aid and an ojas-builder.

 

Ayurveda’s Super Sleep Recipe:

  • Boil 3/4 cup of unhamogensied cows milk + 3/4 cup of water + 2 strands of saffron + 1 chopped date + 3 crushed and peeled almonds. Boil till it reduces to approximately 1 cup or till it fully foams up.
  • After the milk has boiled. Add:
  • 1/4tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2tsp ghee.
  • 1/4 tsp Ashwagandha powder (optional for more ojas building and calming effect)
  • 1/4 tsp Shatavari powder (optional for more ojas building and calming effect)
  • pinch of Ojo or Samadhi - for next level nervous system balancing.
    (Can modify herbs and spices according to season and body constitution).

You can also have just the hot milk, water, ghee and Samadhi only, as the taste of samadhi is sweet and best left alone by other spices.

Stire well, then drink and enjoy.

When to Drink It:

  • Have between dinner and sleep - approximately 45-60mins after dinner and 45-60mins before bed.
  • You can even make this your dinner.
  • Drink one cup of the golden milk each night for 3 months to rebuild ojas levels and support sleep patterns.
  • You can also have this in the morning approximately 45 minutes before breakfast or make it your breakfast, (good for people who don’t have an appetite in the morning). It is also a great replacement to coffee.

"But I Don’t Do Dairy"

If you are intolerant to dairy, it is probably indigestion, some weakness and/or your mind getting the better over you by 'accepting' the intolerance. Additionally, most milk is difficult to digest because it is unnecessarily homogenised, pasteurised the wrong way, added chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and anti-biotic’s.

However, drink the right milk and correct your agni, and you may find you can slowly introduce this medicinal lactation back into your diet.

Most places you can find milk that is non-homogenised without all these nasty additives. Getting non-pasturised or vat-pasturised, (heated at low temperature for short time), is a bonus, but the main precept is to drink non-homogenised milk. This has become so popular that mainstream supermarkets in Australia and New Zeland are now selling it. Additionally, most health-food stores will have it.

If you are very sensitive to milk, I suggest first correct agni, then slowly introduce dairy by drinking thin Lassi with lunch.

You may substitute substitute coconut or (freshly made) almond milk. Though you won’t get the benefits of the milk peptides, you’ll still have a vehicle for the ojas-building foods and herbs and some calming benefits from the warmth of the milk.

Take this milk to build some resiliency towards the stress that prevents us from sleeping like we should.

It’s tasty, nourishing and a great way to end the day, plus it’ll send you off with the clouds for the night.

References

(1) Occup Med (Lond). 2010
(2) The Open Sleep Journal. 2009;2:128-32
(3) J Dairy Sci. 2000 Jun
(4) Ther Umsh. 2009
(5) Eur J Nutr. 2005
(6) Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007
(7) FASEB J. 2001

Milk Rice Recipe – For Woman’s Health

Here is a very simple recipe that is the prescribed diet during the Banana Treatment.

This is also recommended for woman to eat during their menstrual cycle to balance gynaecological health, particularly in cases of dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).

Ingredients:

serves one person

  • White Rice
  • Water
  • Full cream, unhomogenised, Cows Milk.
  • quantities vary on how much you want for the day.

Method:

  1. Wash and soak rice (1 hour is enough).
  2. Boil rice in water until cooked.
  3. Strain and wash the cooked rice. This removes the impurities and makes the rice light.
  4. With the cooked strained rice in the pot, add equal amounts of milk and water, till the level of the liquid is approx.  2cm above the rice.
  5. Cook again. (You can also add everything in the beginning (rice, water, milk) & cook all together till the rice is very well cooked. The end result should be nice & soupy, not dry.
  6. Bring to the boil - take off the stove and  - Serve.
  7. Milk Rice has to be made fresh daily / can keep it warm in a thermos (never reheat).

"But I Don't Do Dairy"

It is important to have even a little cows milk with the milk rice during the BT. If you do not want any milk at all, that is also fine, have plain rice.

If the reason for avoiding milk is a dairy intolerance, just avoiding heavy-to-digest proteins like milk will not fix the underlying problem, which is a weak digestive fire (agni). Take a steps action to re-balance your digestion, then slowly introduce the foods in the right way. Contact Me for a consultation to dig deeper into what is going on and get back on track towards optimal digestion.

Guidelines for Banana Treatment Diet:

  • On the days of taking the Banana Medicine, one should not take any medications, herbs, dietary supplements etc. – if you have an issue or query with this, contact me or the Vaidya.
  • The banana herbs should be taken on a completely empty stomach. If you are taking the morning dose of Banana Medicine, you should not consume any food, herbs, or medications etc. that morning. Only plain water is allowed.
  • 1 hour before taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.).
  • It is important to swallow the banana piece whole – Do not chew it or allow it to touch your teeth.
  • 1 -2 hours after taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.). After this, the first thing the patient should eat is milk rice (see recipe below).
  • Do not talk for 30 minutes before you receive the banana herbs or 30 minutes afterward. Results are more powerful with inward attention and silence during this time.
  • Every meal during the BT should be “milk rice”. If you have trouble digesting cows milk, try a smaller quantity raw or unhamogensied cows milk boiled. If this is still uncomfortable, you may have plain white rice only.
  • Rarely people feel aversion to eating milk rice every meal. If this happens, and you really cannot tolerate it, have milk rice or plain white rice for the first meal (after taking the BT), then for the meals after that you may add a little cinnamon in the milk rice to add some flavour and reduce the aversion. Note that this is not ideal and for full benefits of the BT. Plain milk rice is best ruing menstruation cycle.  You can also have fresh, simple food throughout if you are really struggling with diet (see diet below on next bullet point).
  • Women who are post-menopause or men who are taking BT have much more leniency with the diet. You can eat normal light food throughout the BT. It is recommended to have milk rice after taking the BT, then you may have normal light food for other meals but aim to keep it as simple as possible (not heavily spiced, flavoured etc.).
  • Continue sipping hot water frequently during the BT days to help remove the toxins more thoroughly.

Click here to read more about Banana Treatment

Ayurvedic Porridge (Quick Cooking Time)

Here is a simple, nourishing and nutritious meal that only a takes a few minutes to prepare, and you don't have to be a kitchen wizard to prepare it.

Sweet First

In Ayurveda, sweet is the first taste to start the day and also to start a meal (yep, 'desert' is the first thing you eat in Ayurveda).

After you have fasted for some time, whether it be overnight or in between meals, your hunger = strong agni (digestion and appetite). You need strong agni to digest the sweet taste because it is the heaviest taste (dominant with the earth element).

Further, the sweet taste kick starts the agni and stimulates saliva secretions (Bodhaka Kapha), to prepare your digestion for the meal and/or day ahead. This is why when you finish with sweet (common desert), you keep wanting more... and then you'll begin to feel very "full" and heavy.

Ayurvedic Porridge Ingredients:

  • Oats, coarse semolina, rice flakes or quinoa flakes -  1/3 - 1/2 cup
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp raw sugar (optional)
  • handful of raisins/sultanas
  • handful of one type of crushed nuts (almonds, macadamia or cashew)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Method

  1. Put ghee in a pot, let it heat.

  2. Add 1/3 - 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes or quinoa flakes etc.

     

  3. Toast (fry) grains in the ghee to infuse ghee into the grains. - this lightens the grains and makes them easier to digest.

     

  4. Add approx. 1-cup of boiling water, stir and cook. - Be aware of porridge splatter, continually stir to avoid lumps and splatter.

  5. Add 1 tsp or tbsp of raw sugar (optional) + handful of raisins + handful of soaked and crushed almonds or cashews (optional for more protein and a filling breakfast) and stir.

  6. Add some cows milk (optional). If adding milk can initially add less boiling water.
  7. Add 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder (cardamom and cinnamon removes morning sluggishness).

  8. Stir a bit more then it is ready!

Makes for 1 person.

Try another type of Ayurvedic Porridge HERE that is assists in weight loss and is yummy for children.

"A sweet start to the day wakes the agni up to say g'day!"

Ayurvedic Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

Here are light and easy to digest pancakes, that are quick and easy to make, and SUPER YUMMY!

Serves 2-3      Gluten Free

  • Good for Kapha, & Pitta body types
  • Seasonality: Good in spring, winter and summer


Ingredients:

  • Buckwheat flour – 1⁄2 cup (a.k.a. "Kuttu flour" in Indian Groceries)
  • Non-homogenized milk – 2 tbsp - (can replace with fresh almond milk or add millet & channa flour to make batter stick). 
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder – 1⁄2 tsp
  • Cardamom seeds crushed or cardamom powder – 1⁄2 tsp
  • Ghee for frying
  • Fresh coriander, fresh lemon and maple syrup (optional) for garnish.

Method:

 Mix all the ingredients, adding water a little at the time, to make a smooth, runny batter.

Heat tawa or non-stick pan to low heat. Then coat pan with 1-1.5 teaspoons of ghee.

Pour on batter to the size you want & spread to make a 
pancake.

Optional: add chopped coriander on the raw batter and spread to infuse in with batter.

When bubbles start appearing on surface of pancake, spoon 1 teaspoon of ghee around edges (if you didn't start with enough ghee).

Turnover and cook other side, spooning ghee around edges to make crisp.

Serve with fresh lemon juice, fresh coriander and mango chutney or maple syrup.

Comments:

  • Good for those trying to lose weight and diabetes.
  • Good for suffers of I.B.S. & celiac disease.
  • Good for Kapha aggravations such as excess water retention, sinus blockage.
  • Good for grain-free cleanses/fasts.
  • Great for kids, they love it!

Ayurvedic Properties:

  • Rasa (Taste): Astringent, Sweet, Pungent
  • Virya (Energy): Heating
  • Vipaka (Post-Digestive effect): Sweet
  • Gunas (Qualities): Heavy
  • Actions on the doshas: Balances Vata and Kapha, increases Pitta in excess

Cough & Cold Home Remedy: Honey + Spice Paste

This is a simple and very tasty paste that you can make up and jar it to have on hold, especially for the autumn-winter-early spring time of year.
This cough and cold remedy increases immunity and fights infections.

Recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon of Honey*
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 10 drops of fresh ginger juice or 1/4tsp ginger powder

Mix a large batch of this up, keep it in a glass jar ready for use.

Dosage: Lick 1tsp 2-3x a day or when needed.

*Honey should be unheated (not above body temperature). Ensure the honey you buy is extracted this way.  Most honeys in the supermarkets, even health food stores (organic included!) will be extracted at temperatures higher than 37 degrees. I suggest going to your local farmers market and speaking to the apiarist.

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