Ayurveda says that food is medicine and food should never be bland. Many of the spices found in our home kitchen are known in Ayurveda to have many health benefits, and add great flavor to our cooking.
Today I am starting this series of posts called “What is in your masala box?” Which is the same to say what is in your spice cabinet. Let’s take a look at these amazing gifts from nature and get more inspired to use them in our daily cooking.
Ginger is an amazing spice, that can be used in almost every dish you cook. It can be used fresh or dried. I love using a little bit of ginger as a base ingredient almost like onions and garlic are used. The flavor is a bit spicy, but if that’s not your thing a smaller amount will give a lot of flavor without the burning sensation. Tea is another effective and delicious way to use ginger. Ginger is very versatile and can complement savory or sweet recipes. Adding it to juices and smoothies is also a good way to enjoy its benefits.
Ginger excels as a digestive aid, as it kindles the digestive fire and supports the natural detoxing process of the body. It can help alleviate nausea and regulate Vata in the lower abdomen, alleviating intestinal and menstrual cramps.
It’s warming nature makes it very effective at clearing colds, as it activates the circulation and sweating. It can help clear phlegm in the lungs and in the upper respiratory system.
Do you use ginger in your kitchen?
Share your favorite way!