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Whole Food Plant Based Recipe

Fri Apr 24, 2020

Vegan Mint Ginger Kashayam Recipe

Gingery, Minty, Yummy! Try this two dairy-free minute recipe that you family will love.

Whole Food Plant Based Mint Ginger Kashayam Recipe

Course: Beverage, Snack
Cuisine: South Indian Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Glasses

INGREDIENTS

2 sprigs Mint / Pudina
½ cm piece Ginger
1 tsp Raisins
6 Walnuts
2 glasses Water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel ginger and chop into tiny pieces. Chop raisins.
  2. Heat water to a boil. Remove from stove, then mix in pudina / mint leaves, chopped ginger and raisins. Leave covered for 3 minutes.
  3. Garnish with 3 walnuts each. Serve fresh!

Plant Based Chef Pro Tips for Best Mint Ginger Kashayam Recipe

  1. Use other herbs and spices, like basil, coriander leaves, or cinnamon to create different flavours!

Nutrition Science Highlights for WFPB Mint Ginger Kashayam Recipe

  1. Why not honey, sugar or jaggery? Sugar and Jaggery are processed foods. Although jaggery is healthier than brown sugar, which, in turn, is healthier than white sugar, all forms of processed foods are unhealthy when compared to whole plant foods. Honey is healthwise as good as jaggery, which isn't saying much. In addition to not being very healthy, honey production kills millions of bees every year, affecting our environment adversely. The best sweetener alternative is a whole fruit or dry fruit. The easiest method of using these is date syrup, as it does not involve peeling or chopping.
  2. Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
  3. Why nuts? Whole foods are healthier than processed foods. When nuts are pressed and oil is extracted, fiber and phytonutrients are lost, along with many other nutrients. Therefore, whole nuts are much healthier than oils, whether cold-pressed or refined. In addition, they provide the oil content we need to absorb fat-soluble phytonutrients from other whole plant foods! This may be why nuts are used to garnish nearly every traditional Indian dish!

Dr Achyuthan Eswar
Lifestyle Physician & Co-founder, NutritionScience.in, PHC Lifestyle Clinic & SampoornaAhara.com Plant-based Kitchen

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