Saturday, July 9, 2011
Dry ginger is known as shukku in Tamil. It lends spice and flavour to various dishes and drinks and it is a boon in the kitchen for its medicinal value.
Shukku vellam prepared with dry ginger powder and jaggery acts as an appetizer when consumed half an hour before meal. It assures good digestion and serves as a mouth freshener after a heavy meal.
Shukku vellam alleviates nausea and relieves flatulence. It helps in keeping the digestive system clean.
Crush the dry ginger first with a pestle and then grind it in a mixer to get a smooth powder. Sieve the ground ginger to remove the fiber. Store the fine dry ginger powder / shukku podi in a clean airtight jar and use it when needed.
Dry ginger powder - 2 tbsps
Powdered jaggery - 2 tbsps
Ghee - 1 tsp
1. Blend ginger powder and jaggery powder together in a mixer.
2. Add ghee to the blend and knead using a clean dry hand to make a smooth dough.
3. Pinch little at a time and make small marble size balls out of the dough.
4. Store in a clean dry bottle.
Enjoy the hot and sweet shukku vellam after a hearty meal.