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Gulkand Thandai Recipe | Energiser and Refreshing Summer Drink

Gulkand Thandai, Healthy Summer Refreshing Drink

Gulkand Thandai, Healthy Summer Drink

Gulkand Thandai, Healthy Summer Refreshing Drink

Stay Cool In Summer with Gulkand Thandai. It not only quenches your thirst but helps you avoid the adverse effects of heat in summer. Thandai is very useful to be fresh and cool in summer. In India, this is very popular drink and many healthy benefits.

Gulukand Thandai Recipe Benefits

1. Energizer: - It gives energy and it’s a refreshment drink for our body and mind.
2. Boosting the immune power: - It’s works as immune booster. The Fennel seeds have antioxidants, anti-flatulence, cooling property and Almonds are gives vitamin E & are known for their antioxidant effects.
3. Saffron: - This is the excellent spice or herb that prevents from arthritis, cancer and improves vision. It’s also useful into medicines as antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-oxidant, digestive.
4. Milk: - It contains calcium, protein and vitamin C. This is the complete booster for our body and makes your body strong and healthy. Also it makes strengthen our bones and teeth.
5. Watermelon seeds: - Watermelon seeds are the best sources of energy, protein, iron and vitamins. It cools the body and makes strengthen our muscles and bones.
6. Rose petals: - This is very useful to cure digestion problems, irregular periods and stomach diseases. It is also useful in insomnia and nervous weakness.

Medicinal Properties

Almonds and kaju are madhur (sweet), gur (heavy), snigdh (unctuous) and warm; it increases kapha and pitta. They pacify vata and gives strength to the body. Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g, helping you keep yourself young and healthy. Cashew (kaju) is a healthy source of photo-chemicals, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), essential minerals and vitamins. MUFAs like oleic and palmitoleic acids help to prevent coronary artery disease by lowering harmful cholesterol and improving good ones.

Melon seeds, saffron, khus-khus are medhya – wisdom, mental power and intelligence enhancing - in nature. Gulkand and rose syrup is traditionally known for its cooling properties. It is also helpful in relieving nose bleeding and reducing burning of the sole of the feet and palms during summer. It is effective in alleviating problems such as acidity and fatigue. Gulkand also helps to cool down the nervous system. Due to the heavy nature of this recipe we have added green cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and black peppercorns to make it digestible. Gulkand Thandai is a cool drink to hang out with in summer.

Ingredients for Gulkand Thandai Recipe

Milk – 1 litre
Almonds – 15 pcs
Cashewnuts – 15 pcs
Melon Seeds - 2 tablespoons
Khus Khus Seeds - 2 tablespoons
Saffron – A few strands
Rose Syrup - 4 tablespoon
Green Cardamom Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Gulkand - 4 tablespoons
Cinnamon Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Black Peppercorns – 6 cloves


Boil milk and add saffron, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder.
Soak almonds, cashew nuts, khus khus seeds and melon seeds for about two hours. Peel almonds and grind all seeds and peppercorns with some milk to make a fine paste.
Now add this paste to the boiling milk and continue boiling on low flame for about 10 minutes.
Allow this milk to cool down and refrigerate to chill as desired.
Now add rose syrup and gulkand to this cold milk and blend in the mixer.
Serve chilled.

Ayurvedic Dietary Rules

Ayurveda Diet
Ayurveda Diet
As per Ayurveda, the best advice is to follow the body. Eat only when hungry, gently stoking the digestive fire with small meals and trying not to smother it with foods that are excessively cold, heavy or wet. Do not aggravate it with excess spicy, oily or fried foods.

A Few Ayurvedic Dietary Rules:
Leave 4-6 hours between meals with no snacking.
The sign that the previous meal is digested is when the breath is fresh.
Eating in between meals weakens the agni.
Eating foods with cold, wet and heavy qualities weakens the agni.
Drink hot water to stimulate agni.
Treat agni with occasional fasts; use a mono-diet (rice, kicharee), hot lemon water and a seasonal cleanse to keep digestion healthy.
Agni is increased by pungent, sour and salty flavors. It is beneficial to start a meal with these flavors.
A low dosage of bitter taste taken before a meal increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Agni stimulating and increasing herbs are ginger, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, long pepper (Piper longum), guduchi (Tinosporia cordifolia), kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). Use a small dose (1-2g) before meals to enkindle the digestive fire.
Agni tonic herbs that build enduring digestive strength are pushkaramula (Inula racemosa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) and musta (Cyperus rotundus).

Yoga exercises to balance agni: stimulating the fire practice (Agnisara kriya), abdominal massage (nauli), lighting the skull breath (kapalabhati), bellows breath (bhastrika), peacock (mayurasana), forward bend pose (paschimottanasana), fish pose (matsyendrasana), sun salutation (surya namaskar).

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Health Benefits of Capsicum

The use of capsicum include treatment of bowel disorders, chronic laryngitis, and peripheral vascular disease.

  1. Capsicum increases the metabolism by lowering triglycerides, which are stored fats in blood corpuscles and thus helps in burning calories.
  2. Helps in treating heart diseases, osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, cataract etc.
  3. The compound capsaicin found in capsicum blocks the transmission of pain from the skin to the spinal cordwhich helps in treating neuralgia.
  4. The compound capsaicin is also believed to treat cancer by preventing carcinogens from binding with DNA.
  5. Eating capsicum can provide some protection from cancer.
  6. Prevents blood clotting.
  7. Effective in fighting off food-borne bacterial diseases like Vibrio vulnificus bacteria found in raw shellfish.
  8. People suffering from diabetes should have capsicums to lower the sugar level.
  9. Gives relief from severe cold.
  10. Boosts up the release of endrophins.
  11. Reduces the cholestrol level.
  12. Also helps in fighting against obesity.
Don't use capsicum if you're allergic to it or to chili pepper products. Avoid capsicum if you're pregnant because it could stimulate the uterus.Avoid contact with the eyes, mucous membranes, or broken skin. If contact occurs, flush the exposed area with cool, running water as long as necessary.

Side effects:
Can cause Back discomfort, Burning pain in the nose, sneezing, or bloody nasal discharge, Closing up of the throat ,Cough, Eyelid spasm, extreme burning pain, eye tearing and redness, Skin irritation, itching, stinging or redness, Stomach upset .

The Indian Medicinal Plant - Amaltas Or Cassia fistula

About Amaltas or Cassia fistula Tree
Latin name : Cassia fistula.
Indian name : Amaltas, Aragvadha (meaning, remover of disease).
Common names : Indian Laburnum tree, golden shower tree, pudding pipe tree, purging cassia, lantern tree(in Thailand).

Amaltas is native to India and Pakistan, in fact, to the tropical countries of Southeast Asia. It is the national tree of Thailand and its flower is the national flower of Thailand.

Amaltas is a tree of religious significance in the Kerala state of India and its flower is the state flower of Kerala state. The flowers of Amaltas are used for rituals during the Vishu festival, the Kerala new year.

Nutrients In Amaltas
  • The fruit is low in sodium.
  • 100 grams of fresh fruit provides 100% of the daily Vitamin K requirement.
  • 100 grams of dried fruit provides 800 mg calcium which is almost 100% of the daily need.
  • It is a good source of the minerals iron and manganese. The concentration of these minerals are much higher than is present in apples, pears, oranges, peaches or apricots on a weight to weight basis.
  • It is high in energy.

Health Benefits Of Cassia fistula or Amaltas
The various parts of the tree like the bark, root, flowers, leaves, fruit pulp are used medicinally and have several health benefits.

The tree has anti diabetic, anti fertility, anti tumor, hepato protective, cholesterol lowering,astringent, febrifugal, purgative, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, tonic, anti dysenteric properties.

According to Ayurveda, Amaltas pacifies the 3 doshas of vaat, pitta and kapha. It expels the pitta and kapha from the body.

Some health benefits are given below.
  1. Amaltas reduces fever, cold, swelling of throat, asthma symptoms.
  2. Is benefits in constipation where there is drying of the fluids in the intestine due to the high pitta on the intestine. It has a gentle laxative action and can be used in children and elderly alike.
  3. Amaltas subsides gas, flatulence,acidity. It reduces colic pain. It eases the discomfort of piles, stops bleeding from different parts of the body and benefits in heart disease.
  4. It cleanses the blood and eradicates skin problems like itching, inflammation and suppuration.
  5. It also alleviates symptoms and pain of arthritis, gout, nervous system diseases, eczema, ringworm, leucoderma, leprosy etc.
Some Ayurvedic Remedies With Amaltas
  • For acidity or gas, massage a slightly warmed up fruit pulp around the navel area in a circular motion in multiples of seven for about 10 minutes. doing this daily for a month cures.
  • For skin eruptions due to impure blood, soak amaltas fruit pulp and some tamarind in a cup of water overnight. Next morning mash them well, strain out the pulp and drink the water. Do it for a month to get complete relief. It also makes the skin glow.
  • For constipation, soak 10 to 20 grams of fruit pulp in a glass of water overnight. Filter the water in the morning and drink it. This is a very gentle laxative.
  • For alopecia areata or baldness, apply a paste made by mixing ash of amaltas leaves with some goat's milk. This is very effective for loss of hairs from the scalp, eyebrows and beard.
  • To treat piles, boil 10 grams each of amaltas fruit pulp, harad and munakka and drink this decoction at bedtime for some days.
  • In rheumatoid arthritis, a decoction of the pulp be taken with 2 grams each of dry ginger, harad and giloy powders.
  • A paste of the leaves is used for treating amenorrhea while a plaster of leaves is used for treating chilblain.
  • Leaf poultices are also used for facial massage in afflictions of the brain and applied externally in paralysis, rheumatism and gout.
Self medication with amaltas is not advised in Ayurvedic texts.
It should be used with caution in pregnancy.

Discover the Benefits of Hyacinth Beans

Hyacinth bean, scientifically known as Lablab purpureus, is a species of bean belonging to the family Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated as a food crop in tropical areas like Indonesia, India, and some parts of Africa. These plants are climbers, making them a popular choice as screen on a fence or trellis, an ornate structure specifically designed to support climbing plants. In some parts of Africa, it is considered a traditional food because of its nutritional benefits and ability to promote food security and foster development in rural communities. The hyacinth bean thrives in well-drained compost soil under full sun exposure.

Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses (
Sem ki Fali)
  • Hyacinth bean is a good source of calcium, C vitamin, zinc, carotene, iron, and B1 vitamin.
  • The stems of hyacinth bean is used for the treatment of cholera.
  • The pods juice is use for inflamed throat and ears treatment.
  • Stir-baked, the hyacinth bean is used to reduce vomiting and nausea incidents.
  • Infusion of the leaves is also used into treating gonorrhea.
  • A poultice made from the plant's leaves is used to treat snake bites but when mix together with turmeric and rice flowers, it can help with treating eczema.
  • Boil whole hyacinth bean (sem ki fali) and eat it with a little salt and spices to get bodily strength
  • Its regular intake provides a lot of energy to pregnant women and keeps them active
  • Apply a paste of its leaves in the armpits to ward off body odour

Ayurveda General Health Tips

These are some general health tips recommended by Ayurveda

Sleep on time: Wake up early, preferably before sunrise. A good night sleep can help to start a day with a fresh and clear mind.

Drink lots of water: Drinking water is advantageous in every way. It assists metabolism and digestion, prevents constipation and the accumulation of waste products (ama) in the body, keeps away diseases and even helps in keeping the skin clear of acne and pimples.

Wash your face often: Wash your face with water many times a day to remove dirt and grime, prevent the occurrence of pimples and acne and get a refreshed feeling.

Take an oil massage: Massage your body with oil before bath which will rejuvenate you, reduce fatigue and prevent dry skin. Massaging the scalp with oil can prevent dandruff, graying and hair fall, enhance mental alertness and so on.

Exercise regularly: There is no doubt as to the benefits of a regular exercise routine. Practicing Yoga and meditation can make your body immune to diseases, give your mind the capability to concentrate and ward off stress, lose unnecessary fat, give the body flexibility and suppleness.

Follow proper hygiene: Cleanliness is very important to preserve health. Bath twice a day, keep your hair and nails clean and wear only clean clothes. Wash your face, hands and legs after going out.

Watch out for negative vibes: Try to keep your mind clear of negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, jealousy, depression, greed, hatred, sadness etc. Saying a prayer can help- in the morning, at dusk, before having your meals and before going to bed. Avoid speaking ill of others and always keep your mind at ease by engaging in things that you like and enjoy.

Mind what you eat: Eat fresh and wholesome food and follow healthy eating habits. Food should be well cooked, preferably at home and should be had in a peaceful and calm environment.

Maintain a healthy weight: According to Ayurveda, both obesity and emaciation (Under weight) are dangerous. So always follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and maintain a weight as per your BMI.

For an undisturbed sleep: Drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed. This will help you sleep peacefully. Also isolate your mind from all stressful and worrisome thoughts before going to bed.

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Tips for Balancing Vata

  • Eat three warm, nourishing meals each day. 
  • Favor foods that are warm, heavy, oily, sweet, sour and salty. 
  • Minimize foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent.  
  • Minimize foods that are cold, dry and light. 
  • Pay attention to fluids: avoid cold or iced drinks, sip warm water at regular intervals, avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and black tea. 
  • Ayurveda discusses three doshas or mind/body operators to keep ion balance for optimum health. Vata is the lead dosha and governs all movement in the body. 
  • Experience the benefits of a warm sesame oil massage before your morning shower or bath. 
  • Keep warm: avoid cold, windy or chilly environments; take long warm baths and showers. 
  • Try to keep your environment humid. 
  • Favor calm, quiet environments. 
  • Avoid mental strain, over stimulation, loud music, and long hours of TV in the evening. 
  • Develop regular habits such as eating and going to sleep at the same times each day. 
  • Enjoy light, humorous entertainment. 
  • Make your surroundings light and bright. Regular daily elimination is important.

How Ayurveda Supports General Health

According to Ayurveda, if we are experiencing disease, it means there is an imbalance in our doshas; bringing our system back into balance is the key to the cure. Ayurveda has an effective tool for the diagnosis of disease called nadi pareeksha, or pulse diagnosis. By placing their finger on your wrist, an Ayurvedic doctor can easily detect the imbalances in the body and prescribe an effective treatment.

Treatments usually come in one of two forms: 1. Panchakarma, a 5-pronged body purification program 2. Herbal medicines to balance the body

Ayurveda supports health without disturbing the natural intelligence of the body; Ayurvedic treatments have no negative side effects. Because of this, people around the world are now turning to the ancient science of Ayurveda to help them regain and maintain optimal health.

Ayurveda can be used on its own or as a complement to allopathic treatment.

Ayurveda places great importance on one’s pathya, or lifestyle (eating habits and daily routine). Ayurveda also provides guidance on how to adjust our lifestyle based on the change of seasons.