Madhuka Leha

If you are looking for healthy kids snacks for school, then this herbal jam will suffice your search. Perfect Ayurvedic healthy recipe for kids.

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The history of apoopam traces long back in the Shatapadabrahmana, and refers to the cakes made up of barley and was considered to be an important part of the art of cooking! To our surprise, in the good olden days the dietetics and culinary was appraised as an art and not merely satisfying the taste of the tongue.

Today, we see a number of modifications made of the apoopam in the form of readymade pancakes and the fermented flour. However, in this era of the trends Ayurveda always prefers to remain with its roots and prepare the dish by the classical way!

MADHUKA LEHA (Herbal Jam)

Ingredients Quantity

  • Mahua, Madhuka flowers
  • (Madhuka indica) – 80 gm
  • Dates – 80 gm
  • Raw banana – 80 gm
  • Green gram – 80 gm
  • Sugar candy – 700 gm
  • Bay leaf, (Cinnamomum tamala)- 6 gm
  • Cinnamon – 6 gm
  • Pippali (long pepper), (Piper longum) 2 gm
  • Cardamom – 2 gm
  • Honey – 10 ml
  • Ragi/arrow root powder (optional) 1 to 2 tea spoons
  • Total quantity: 400 gm

Method of preparation

Steam cook seedless dates and banana, then grind it into thick paste, sauté it in ghee, add sugar candy syrup into it and stirwell. When it becomes thick, add cardamom powder etc. into it. Add honey when it becomes cool. It can be dried and powdered with ragi (pearl millet) / arrow root powder.

Health benefits

It is a good pediatric food comprised of carbohydrates, easily digestible proteins and minerals, but to be given in small quantities only. Mahua flowers have been traditionally used as cooling agent, tonic, aphrodisiac and analgesic. Mahua flower helps in augmentation of breast milk. It has anti-helmintic properties and also beneficial in acute and chronic tonsillitis, pharyngitis as well as bronchitis.