Sakhar Bhat is a Sweetened Rice Pulao an Indian Delicacy cooked on festive occasions. Delicious, easy and simple to make with the versatile ingredient rice.
If you are somebody who shares my pain, and has to deal with tummy issues every monsoon, here is one home remedy that may help.
We use a Ginger-Lemon Mixture and Jeera Water for tummy issues all-year-round but particularly in the Rainy Season!
Monsoon evokes pictures of rains green earth that speaks volumes of nature’s capacity to regenerate itself. There is no better way to enjoy the Indian rains than with Pakoda and Ginger Infused Tea.
The Monsoon also means festivals! Festivals equal good food, and good food means we gorge. We forget about eating “light food” and end up with bloating or worse, a tummy upset.
Most Indians consciously or unconsciously follow Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, there is something called Ritucharya or seasonal guidelines that help maintain good health and enjoy the season.
So now let us enjoy bhajiyas or pakoda with your evening ginger and lemongrass tea can you! Can you stop after say 5 of them? I cannot!
Too many of these pakodas can result in bloating or in the worst-case scenario an upset tummy! How do you deal with it?
I am sharing home medicines that you can make with your pantry ingredients. Also, since they are everyday ingredients they do not harm you.
So the home remedy for bloating is Alle Limbu or Ginger Lemon.
My mother-in-law used to keep a bottle of pink liquid in her fridge. Naturally, curiosity being my middle name I asked her what and why she kept it. She said it is Alle Limbu for bloating and gas issues in the rains.
So how do you make this Alle Limbu or Ginger Lemon?
- Ginger: Ginger washed and peeled. Grated or crushed.
- Lemon: Squeeze the lemon you will need about the same quantity of lemon juice as the grated ginger.
- Rock Salt: also Sendhav Namak or Himalayan salt. There is no substitute for this.
- Sugar: Just to balance the sourness of the lemons.
- Soak and peel the ginger. Crush the ginger in a mixer or grate it. Measure the quantity in a bowl.
- Squeeze lemon juice and pour over the ginger.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of rock salt and sugar. You can always add more if needed so use a little less.
- After about 30 minutes drain and squeeze out the ginger and discard.
- Taste and adjust to taste the pink liquid.
- Store in a bottle in the fridge.
- If you feel bloated use 1-2 teaspoon directly in ½ a glass of water. You can also drink it directly but take only a spoonful.
- chutney jar of mixer/blender
- 250 grams ginger washed and peeled
- 6 lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon rock salt
- ½ teaspoon Sugar
Making the Ginger and Lemon Juice:
- Soak and peel the ginger. You can grate and squeeze the liquid but I just ground it up in the mixer.
- Squeeze the lemon and pour over the ginger.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and sugar. You can always add more if needed so use a little less.
Straining the Juice:
- After about 30 minutes, place a strainer on a bowl and add the mixture of lemon and ginger on it. Most of the liquid will drain out. Press the residue on the strainer and get most of the liquid out.
- Taste and adjust to taste.
- Store in a bottle in the fridge. Stays good for about 15 days in the fridge.
- Add 1 tablespoon to half a glass of water. 1-2 teaspoon directly is good for healthy adults.
Please bear in mind that I am not a medical practitioner. These remedies work for mild cases. In case you have severe pains or tummy upset please consult your doctor.