Warm spiced lemongrass tea with ginger
If you are a Sampoorna Ahara fan, then you must have a lemongrass growing in a pot in your balcony, terrace or garden. If you don't have one yet, just go ahead and get one asap! It is so easy to grow this grass and so refreshing to have a drink with it one a cold monsoon or winter morning!
2 cups Water
1 leaf Lemongrass
1 cm piece Ginger
2 tsp Raisins
Heat water to a boil.
Peel ginger and chop into small pieces. Chop raisins into 2-4 pieces each.
Remove boiling water from stove and mix in lemongrass leaf, chopped raisins and chopped ginger.
Keep covered for 2 minutes, then serve fresh with a side of almonds!
- Why not honey, sugar or jaggery? Sugar and Jaggery are processed foods. Although jaggery is healthier than brown sugar, which, in turn, is healthier than white sugar, all forms of processed foods are unhealthy when compared to whole plant foods. Honey is healthwise as good as jaggery, which isn't saying much. In addition to not being very healthy, honey production kills millions of bees every year, affecting our environment adversely. The best sweetener alternative is a whole fruit or dry fruit. The easiest method of using these is date syrup, as it does not involve peeling or chopping.
- Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
- Why spices? Spices are among the healthiest foods on the planet in terms of their ability to prevent and reverse chronic diseases. They pack the highest antioxidant:calorie ratio. Just one pinch of spice powders exponentially increases the antioxidant content of any dish. Dishes like these, that have many strong spices, are a great way to amp up the health quotient of our everyday meals. Raw and boiled or steamed spices retain their phytonutrient content better than roasted or baked spices.
- Why nuts instead of oil? Whole foods are healthier than processed foods. When nuts are pressed and oil is extracted, fiber and phytonutrients are lost, along with many other nutrients. Therefore, whole nuts are much healthier than oils, whether cold-pressed or refined. In addition, they provide the oil content we need to absorb fat-soluble phytonutrients from other whole plant foods! This may be why nuts are used to garnish nearly every traditional Indian dish!
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