Many mothers are afraid of the winters as children fall ill after being exposed to the harsh cold winds. It is a common sight to see running and blocked noses, cough, fever, chills, and headaches in kids. Although the winter season has so many delicious and nutritious seasonal green vegetables such as chenopodium (bathua), mustard greens (sarson ka saag), fenugreek (methi), etc.. , kids will not open their mouths to these just as easily.
In order to prevent your child from getting a nightmarish cold and chest congestion, you can offer him/her Homemade chawanprash. Chawanprash is a Desi Jam which has been eaten by our ancestors since times immemorial to boost their immunity. Prepared using traditional Indian herbs and spices, you will find it extremely useful and easy to prepare. It uses various ingredients which have a warming effect and they are all readily available in Indian Kitchens!
Here are the health benefits of eating Chawanprash:
What more could you ask for? This ayurvedic preparation is beneficial in so many ways. Although various companies manufacture chawanprash there’s nothing like Homemade Chawanprash, prepared by a mother with love. It is fresh and free of any preservatives.
Now that you know the various uses and advantages of giving chawanprash to kids, you would definitely want to make your own chawanprash for your kid.
- Helps fight viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Helps to improve the functioning of lungs, thereby keeping bronchitis and asthma at bay
- Helps to keep the heart healthy
- Regular intake of chawanprash helps to treat chronic constipation, gas, nausea, and flatulence
- Helps to purify the blood of toxins
- Improves the memory power and concentration
- Ultimate health supplement that provides energy, strength, and nourishment to the body
- Works effectively in fighting chest infections
- Helps to strengthen muscle mass
- Regulates cholesterol levels in the body
- Helps to maintain healthy hair and nails
Homemade Chawanprash Recipe (300 gms)
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- ½ kg Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
- 5 tbsps ghee
- Few Raisins
- 1 cup jaggery (Gur)
- 11-12 dates
(Grind these spices to get a fine powder)
- 9-10 black peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6-8 green cardamoms
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- Few strands of saffron
- ½ star anise
- 8-9 cloves
- Wash the gooseberries thoroughly and pressure cook them with water till you get two whistles.
- Once the pressure in the cooker is released, strain the water into a bowl and add the dates and raisins to this. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pit once the gooseberries are cool.
- Now blend the gooseberries, raisins, and dates in a mixer to get a smooth puree. You may add some gooseberry water to make your puree smooth if the need be.
- Take a pan and add the ghee to it. Add this puree to the ghee and cook it till you see the ghee on the sides of the pan.
- Add jaggery and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the fine spice powder and stir well.
- You can now check the taste. Remember, it needs to be sweet for your child to like it. You can add more jaggery if the need be.
- Cook on slow flame till it becomes a homogenous mixture and is a sticky mass. The best way to check whether it is done is to put a small ball of chawanprash in water. If it sinks, it’s done, if it spreads, you need to cook more.
- Cool it and transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.
- This chawanprash has a shelf life of approx. 2 months when refrigerated.
Note: This chawanprash is suitable for babies over 10 months of age but do check with your pediatrician before you start giving it.
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