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5 Indian Superfoods

Super foods are in rage, not just in India, but everywhere around the world. While people are talking about it everywhere, many don't know that half the list of super foods are our good-old Indian ingredients that have been there since forever in our kitchen shelves. Now, these ingredients may have recently got worldwide super food status, but they have always been revered and used in Ayurveda too. It’s all about going back to your roots! Take a look!

The goodness of Ghee - Ghee is one of those ingredients that has got a bad name for being too fatty, but that’s changing slowly because of the good fats associated with it. Ghee is also good for nerves and brain. It helps control eye pressure and is beneficial to glaucoma patients. Ghee is most notably said to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids to help with digestion, while other fats, such as butter and oils, slow down the digestive process and can sit heavy in the stomach. Ghee is rich with antioxidants and acts as an aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, serving to strengthen the immune system.

Amazing Amla - Amla is great for weight loss. The high fibre and protein content in the fruit keeps you full for longer hours and controls cravings. Also helps check cholesterol levels. Alma is also one of the best anti-ageing ingredients in Ayurveda. Starting your day with a little shot of amla juice   is a great way to ensure good eyesight, glowing skin and hair. Alma juice mixed with honey and/or mashed papaya applied on the skin helps treat wrinkles and fine lines and also acts as an exfoliator.

Get tough with Turmeric – These healing, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal benefits of turmeric are attributed to the presence of curcumin, an antioxidant that fight against all kinds of bacteria ranging from cold’s to viral infections thus keeping your immunity at a steady high. It also improves blood circulation and it’s the supply to vital organs, which helps lower the density of bad cholesterol, chances of strokes, heart attacks, formation of clots and heart problems. So the next time you are unwell, don’t wait for mom to urge you to drink haldiwala doodh, don’t make a face, in fact you can whip up a fancy latte version of it. Turmeric latte has the world singing its benefits, but it’s just good old haldiwala doodh for us!

Moringa Magic – Although attributed to be found in parts of Africa and China first, moringa trees are also native to the Himalayan regions. In fact even the name moringa has Indian roots, it is derived from the Tamil name for Moringa – Murungai. It is also known as drumstick leaves, they have a power to heal any ailment with incredible health benefits. This super green has a subtle, mildly sour taste. Add them raw to salads or cook them as a vegetable or curry with drumsticks!

Carom Seeds– Carom seeds or ajwain is literally the home remedy specialist! Native to the South, ajwain is closely related to caraway and cumin though it tastes stronger than both. They are the best thing to helps cure all types of problems related to the digestive tract – from flatulence to indigestion to acidity. Inhaling the smoke from roasting ajwain seeds to helps stabilize breathing, nasal congestion and relaxes the respiratory system. Ajwain also helps balance kapha and vitta and increases pitha dosha in the body. The feathery leaves are as useful as the tiny seeds.

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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.