Unless it’s extremely discomforting, both physically and mentally, there’s a tried and tested remedy available in every home — the humble kaadha, a concoction of various herbs and spices that has been in use since time immemorial. Boil these in a sauce pan, throw in some jaggery/sugar/misri, and turn off the gas when the water level reduces to half.” “Traditional drinks made with tulsi leaves, cloves, garlic and ginger are good for our lungs. They help in breaking down the mucous, reducing cough and fever and boosting our immunity,” says Neha Patahania, a nutritionist with Paras Hospital, Gurugram. One needs to cut the stem of the plant into small piece, crush it in hamam dusta/ mixer and grinder, and then boil it. Apart from aiding digestion, it is considered good for people fighting diabetes and high blood pressure. “Black gram is boiled, dried, roasted, its outer layer removed, and then crushed into powder,” says Sandhya from Benares. Much before biscuits, chocolates and other processed food items became widely available, people would snack on homemade delicacies that were both nutritious and tasty. In upper Himachal, for instance, people prepared a mixture, called muri, of whole wheat, cannabis seeds and jaggery. Gond ke laddoo are made from edible gum, whole wheat flour, ghee and dry fruits.
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