Adrakapaka

If you are looking for healthy ginger Ayurvedic dessert recipe, I bet these squares will melt in your mouth. Goodness of ginger, ghee, nuts all in one.

Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet.

It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and it’s closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.

The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It’s often called ginger root or, simply, ginger.

Ginger is also good for grounding. It helps in balancing kapha dosha in the body. It can be consumed in form of tea or used as a spice in the meals or may be just taken in the grounded form post meals.

Due to its hot potency ginger is an excellent choice of balancing Vata dosha as the air element is dry, cold in nature.

There are cautions to be taken while consuming ginger as excess of everything can be harmful. Especially in Pitta prakriti people. It might cause increase in pitta dosha and hyperacidity.

So what actually happens if you drink ginger tea everyday? Ginger tea helps in digestion of the food and helps in assimilation of the ahara rasa which is the vital nutrients and prana from the food we consume. Ginger can be taken regularly everyday and the adult dose can vary from 3gm powder to 6gm powder twice a day with luke warm water.

ARDRAKA PAKA (Ginger Squares)

Ingredients Quantity

  • Ginger – 250 gm
  • Jaggery – 250 gm
  • Clarified butter (Ghee) – 125 gm
  • Dry ginger powder – 25 gm
  • Cumin – 25 gm
  • Black pepper – 25 gm
  • Naagkesar
  • (Mesua ferrea), if available – 25 gm
  • Cardamom – 25 gm
  • Cinnamon – 25 gm
  • Indian bay leaf – 25 gm
  • Long pepper – 25 gm
  • Coriander powder – 25 gm
  • Vidanga
  • (Embelia ribes), if available – 25 gm
  • Total quantity- 20 small pieces

Method of preparation

In a heavy bottom pan add jaggery, cook till a thick syrup is formed. Then add grated ginger, stir and cook for 5-7 minutes on low flame. Add ghee and mix well, cook for another 5-10 minutes. Now add the powder of all above ingredients and cook for another 5-10 minutes and spread the content on plate greased with ghee. Sesame seeds may be added to make it bulky and augment health benefits. Let it cool before cutting in pieces in any shape. When cooled, store in an air tight container. It remains for about a month.

Health benefits

This preparation helps in improving appetite and digestion. Useful in prevention and management of sore throat, cold and cough.

Precautions

Because it is hot in nature, it may be taken in appropriate quantity and never in empty stomach. Best to avoid in acid peptic disorders.