7 reasons why you should have ginger

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Don’t we all love waking up to the aroma of adrak wali chai? Ginger-infused tea has been a household favorite since centuries. In fact, ginger plays an important role in Asian kitchens and is liberally used in India. It is an age-old antidote to fight cold and flu. This wonder ingredient needs no more introductions! Belonging to the rhizomes family – ginger is the big brother of turmeric and galangal. These rhizomes are underground roots, known for their pungent flavour, refreshing sharpness and wonderful aroma. Native to India and China, this spice knows no culture or cooking boundaries and has made its way to every possible cuisine. Available as paste, pickled, candied and crystallized, each form has many culinary uses in baking, stir-fries, curries, marinades and more. Besides being an important ingredient in kitchen, ginger can be effective for most ailments, let’s see how:

Medicinal chest: According to Ayurveda everyone should consume fresh ginger before lunch and after dinner to fire up the digestive system. It can be a solution to range of problems like gas, constipation, bloating and diarrhea. 

No more stomach discomforts: If tummy cramps are a regular for you, munch on a piece of ginger! Boil water along with ginger root and drink it 3 to 4 times after your meals. Effective in easing both gastrointestinal and menstrual pain! 

Joint-pain relief: Fix your joint-pain with the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. Mix essential oil of ginger root with almond oil and rub on the aching joints and immediately cover with a dry cloth to hold the heat and ease the pain. 

Keeps cold at bay: Stir up a quick cup of ginger tea to clear your throat and nose congestion. Or add finely chopped ginger to your soups and stir-fries to get relief from cold, cough and flu. Cook up rice with mixed herbs like green chillies, coriander leaves, chopped garlic and ginger– the burst of flavours and aroma is sure to boost your health.

Fights cancer: Ginger has anti-cancer properties known to shrink prostate tumor and kill ovarian cancer cells. In fact, you’d be surprised to know that ginger is far more effective than numerous cancer drugs and is a rich source of life. Moreover, it has been reckoned as the natural cure for the people undergoing chemotherapy sessions. 

Anti-sickness: If you‘re prone to motion, air or morning sickness, ginger becomes a must on your list. Nibble on candied ginger or have a mug of hot water with lemon, honey and few ginger juliennes is a perfect remedy. Besides, ginger is effective in curing nausea and vomiting problems during pregnancy.

Post-festival blues: After munching on sweets and junk food during Diwali, detoxification is the next step. A piping hot ginger lemon tea is a perfect solution. A fresh juice of apple, carrot and lemon with crushed ginger is sure to aid your health. Or go for a carrot and ginger soup. Try adding freshly grated ginger to salad is another must-try! 

Whether sweet or savory, ginger is achieving new heights in culinary levels. Create a repertoire of ginger dominating dishes with a helping hand from SanjeevKapoor.com or SanjeevKapoorKhazana.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.