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New year eve with awesome rituals

Bael Pana Bael Puree Bael TeaBeal Pana and Bael TeaBy Barnali Dutta Published April 7, 2014The fruit of the Bael (Bilva - The Golden Apple) tree, the family of Rutaceae is found wildly or cultivated throughout India. The leaf of Bael is generally trifoliate. This trifoliate leaf is symbolic of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. The Bael tree is considered as sacred by the Hindus. They offer its leaves to Lord Shiva during worship. The essence of its fruits and leaves possess an evaporating oil which is very good for human body. The leaves absorb foul gases from the atmosphere and keeps the atosphere clean. Bael sharpens intellect and concentration of mind. Toasted Bael leaves if taken with clarified butter and sugar candy powder sharpens concentration and intelligence. Ripe fruit is taken during summer to keep the body and mind cool and very good laxative. Decoction of unripe Bengal quince or Bael fruit baked for 3 hours with sugar checks dysentery and sorbet of ripe fruit pulp …

Raw Turmeric Recipe

Raw Turmeric Recipe
Akher gur with kancha halud (sugarcane jaggery with raw turmeric root) By Barnali Dutta Published: December 21, 2013
"Turmeric" - The Spice of Life - "Let your food be your medicine." (Hippocrates)In India, this ancient crop has been used as a "coloring agent", "a magic substance of daily life", "ornamental", "a substance of religious importance and medicine", "social ceremonies and rituals" in every nook and corner from birth to death, "cultural functions and folklore arts" much prior to the Indus valley civilization from ancient time are documented during ethnological survey. Turmeric is very popular among rice eating people as a condiment and spice and used as a natural dye for weaving.
A World of Turmeric
“I have found a plant that has all the qualities of Saffron, but it is a root.”
(Marco Polo on Turmeric, 1280 AD)

This magic substance is an anti-inflammatory, hypocholestraemic…

Papaya sap recipe

Papaya sap
Peper kosh in batasha(white sap of green papaya in sugar bonbon/lolly or sugar drops) Published: October 20, 2013

"Papaya" – a powerhouse of nutrients Papaya (পেঁপে), the Carica papaya (Sanskrit: Erand-karkati, Amtritatumbi, Hindi: Papitaa) effectively treats and improves all types of digestive and abdominal disorders. Papaya sap contains an enzyme "papain" a milky juice is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes, a digestive enzyme-papaintha, chymopapain, alkaloids carpaine and pseudocarpaine, and antioxidant nutrients which have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, and emmenagogue. It as a whole improves cardiovascular system. Latex can be applied topically on eczema, ringworm, psoriasis, corns, warts, sloughing wounds, carbuncles, and burn eschar. It is also known as abortifacient.
A script behind the Papaya addressed as "Amtritatumbi"Chiranjib Bonousodhi vol 5/pg 3
A major problem in our diets today is that we only partially …

Triphala recipe

Triphala (containing three seeds amloki, bahera and haritaki)
Triphala stands for three fruits. Phyllanthus emblica - Sanskrit "amlaki" or gooseberry. Terminalia bellirica- Vibhitaki or Aksha or "Bahera" and Chebulic myrobalans - also known as "haritaki" whose natural color is hara (green) thereby the name. It is also called 'the king of medicine' since charak's time. It is employed in the treatment of a great number of diseases. The main therapeutic version of Triphala is to scrape away digestive toxins from digestive tract and the blood, said to rejuvenate both the body especially the colon, lungs, and mind to impart wisdom and intelligence and increase longevity.

Haritaki which is also known as pathya in Sanskrit is also a very prestigious herb of Ayurveda. It prevents ageing, imparts longevity, boosts immunity, improves mental faculties and enhances the body resistance against diseases. Chebulic myrobalan (Haritaki) was …

Kalmegh Boti

Kalmegh Boti
Kalmegh boti (কালমেঘের বড়ি) Andrographis paniculata pill By Barnali Dutta Published: December 21, 2013This plant is known in north-eastern India as Maha-tita, literally "king of bitters". Importance Kalmegh, is useful in hyperdipsia, burning sensation, wounds, ulcers, chronic fever, malarial and intermittent fevers, inflammations, cough, bronchitis, skin diseases, leprosy, purities, intestinal worms, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and vitiated conditions of pita. It is used to overcome sannipata type of fever, difficulty in breathing, thirst, and intestinal worms. It is also useful in treating acidity and liver complaints. In children, decoction of Kiriyath acts as a preventive measure to many illness. Prep time: 00:30 Cook time: 00:00 Total time: 2 daysYield: 1 boti per dayIngredients: To make Kalmegh pills: Wash, clean and collect good leaves with soft stems from the Kalmegh bunches.: take 3 to…

Morning Mists

Morning MistsChirotar Jol (Soaked bitter stick water)Chirota/ChirayataBiological Name: Swertia Chirata, Gentiana Chirayita/Ophelia Chirata (Gentianaceae) Its Sanskrit name kiratatikta, means "the bitter plant of the Kiratas", an outcast race of mountaineers in the north of India." It is also called Andryatikta of the bitter plant of the Non-Aryans. The Bhava-prakasa mentions a variety of Chirota/Chirata under the name of Naipala, that is produced in Nepal and describes it as a febrifuge.In every Bengali household, there is a regular habit of taking the water of overnight infused Chirota twigs (Swertia chirata) in the morning in empty stomach once or twice in a month to keep the digestion system clean and it also acts as a natural blood purifier. The Chirota has yellowish pith. It can easily be recognized by the hollow stem of the chirota plant. The infused water is extremely bitter and has no smell. An overdose causes a sense of oppression in the stomach. Prep time: 06:…

Teto (bitter by taste)

Teto - bitter by tasteBitter Bites > Morning Mists > Classic Steamed-Roasted-Baked dishes

Teto - Utterly Bitterly Healthy by tradition

Starter in Bengali menu seems some dishes that tastes bitter at first, but like a tongue palate cleanser towards more flavors to excite the taste buds. In Bengali if someone needs to describe others facial expression or attitude as bleak or sullen and/or explain own gloomy mood or feeling, they relate to the facial expression that occurs while drinking quinine or chirata water. Any bitter relationship is explained in Bengali by "as bitter (সম্পর্কের তিক্ততা) as chirata."
Written by: Barnali Dutta Date published: 05/15/2013