Weekend Herb Blogging: GINGER
This post is of special significance. It’s our first participation in a blog event. Kalyn, of Kalyn’s Kitchen holds this wonderful weekly event called Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) in which bloggers from all over the world write about herbs and post recipes using those herbs. Isn’t that a cool idea?
This week, I have come with the powerful and flavourful root—ginger. I belong to the state of Bengal in eastern India and in our cuisine, ginger has a very important place. In fact, most of the diverse Indian cuisines use the ginger root. Kashmiri cuisine uses dry ginger and its powder extensively in its array of mouth-watering dishes. Going by the range of benefits ginger packs within itself, I am not complaining.
According to an ancient Indian saying, all good things are found in ginger. Quite a bit of truth in that. During winters, ginger works as a magic herb to fight nasty cold attacks across many Indian homes. Grated ginger with honey and freshly-crushed black pepper, ginger and basil juice, and my favourite milk-sugar tea (or chai as we call it) with a dash of ginger in it—all these are part of the cold-busting arsenal in Indian households.
Ginger is also effective against digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, aches and pains, skin disorders, and motion sickness. Read more on this wonder root here.
For this week’s WHB, I am presenting a simple yet great tasting ginger pickle. Pretty easy to make once you’ve julienned it fine.
Ginger Pickle in Lime Juice:
Ginger – 300 gms
Lime - 300 gms
Salt – 50 gms (the salt is both for taste as well as for preserving the pickle).
1. Julinne the ginger real fine and put in a bowl.
2. Add the juice of the limes to the ginger.
3. Add salt.
Voila! Your pickle is ready. Store in a jar and keep in sunlight for a few days for the ginger to nicely soak in the lime juice.
This pickle is very popular at our home and goes well with any and every kind of meal. The lime juice lends it a refreshing touch and also tempers the strong flavour of ginger.
This has to be one of those (rare) healthy pickles. So do try it out if you can. You won’t regret :)