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Ginger And Its Stunning Health Benefits

What is Ginger?

Ginger is a widely emanated south-east Asian flowering plant that is considered one of the most flavourful and healthiest spices of all time. Just like turmeric and cardamom, Ginger also belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. In India and China, Ginger plays a vital role in the regional diet. Ginger is mostly famous for its strong aroma, culinary, and remedial or healing properties. The rhizome part of the underground part of Ginger is mostly used.

Though Ginger is mostly popular amongst the common folk for its wide use in stewing dishes like gingerbread or Ginger biscuits, people have also been using this amazing ginger root since ancient times.


What Are The 5 Top Health Benefits Of Ginger?

Ginger has thousands of health benefits and here in this answer, we will discuss a few of the most important points regarding that.

1.    It’s helpful to appease the symptoms of a common cold: Ginger is one of the most commonly used home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of cold and sore throat. Strong-flavored hot Ginger tea could be a great option to get relief at the beginning or during a cold or cough as it reduces congestion and inflammation.


Being diaphoretic, ginger root or ginger also induces or promotes perspiration, and thus it can be utilized to deal with feverish health conditions like influenza or cold. Fresh ginger root encompasses gingerols and zingerone, which is why it has a very impressive antiviral property.

2.    Ginger to soothe mild nausea and morning sickness: Fresh Ginger can reduce the signs related to motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or cold sweats anecdotally. This also helps to reduce the symptoms associated with motion sickness. Furthermore ginger could help people, who are undergoing surgery and chemotherapy to cope up with nausea, though regarding this more distinct research is required.

Homemade Gingerale
Around 1 gram or 1.5 gram of Ginger is enough to treat nausea and vomiting correlated with mild pregnancy sickness. Still, consult with your GP or midwife to assure whether it is appropriate for you or not.

3.    It may be helpful with pains and aches: Gigger is loaded with various curative properties related to its strong anti-inflammatory qualities. As per the recent studies, due to these potent anti-inflammatory qualities of Ginger, it seems to be suitable for topical use, and with the use of a ginger compress symptoms related to osteoarthritis can be reduced significantly. Topical applications of ginger oil or fresh ginger root may also boost blood circulation and soothe burns.

Ginger or more specifically ginger root that is widely used in different forms of medicine is enriched with different volatile natural oils that comprise bioactive compounds like gingerol. This potent anti-inflammatory compound is speculated to clarify why people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis should consume ginger regularly to reduce their pain levels and improve mobility.

4.    Ginger Improve the digestive system: Ginger can be an effective solution to treat chronic indigestion, distinguished by intermittent pain and distress in the upper part stomach. As carminative ginger stimulates and speeds up the elimination of excess gas from the digestive system. This is also known for soothing the intestinal tract. Ginger works well to reduce the Discomfort or problems related to Colic and function dyspepsia.

Himalayan Sweet Ginger Chutney

5.    Scientifically proven to support heart health: Various studies on animals indicated that ginger could be very much helpful to manage cholesterol levels. This is also helpful to reduce and even prevent damage to the arteries and lower high blood pressure. Altogether ginger is beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system. Despite these health benefits ginger also promotes weight loss, lower blood sugar level, reduces menstrual pain and prevents the risk of cancer to some extent.

Crunchy texture and sharp flavour of ginger with a twist

Is Ginger Safe For Everyone?
Ginger, also known as Amomum Zingiber, is predominantly considered safe for a broad range of illnesses. But as ginger is a strong herb and functions pharmacologically, so there is a possibility that it can be unsuitable for some people, including:

  • People who have a medical history of oxalate-containing kidney stones.
  • Also, those who often experience heartburn or acid reflux.
  • Those with low blood pressure or on blood pressure medications.
  •  People with bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • People suffering from any serious heart disease.

These types of people must consume ginger in moderate quantity due to its potential blood-pressure-lowering effects. If you’re a little confused or concerned about whether having ginger is safe for you or not, then consult a physician.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when you eat ginger daily?
Having ginger in daily life can aid you to cope up with various health-related hardships. It helps to alleviate, prevent and heal inflammation.

According to one of the recent research studies, it’s proven that ginger could noticeably curtail allergic reactions, which is associated with inflammation. A small study also illustrated that those people who took daily ginger supplements experienced less muscle pain after working out, as primarily, inflammation is the major cause of muscle pain. Furthermore, Various research insinuates that daily consumption of ginger can significantly reduce the risk of chronic heart diseases as it lowers hypertension. This flavourful herb is also useful in preventing heart attacks and lowering bad cholesterol levels.

The best accompaniment to any north Indian meal

What does ginger do to the brain?
Ginger is one of the most specific and rich sources of antioxidants and bioactive compounds, and due to the presence of that, it significantly lessens inflammation that occurs in the brain. Reserve has also shown that ginger can boost up brain function and act as brain food.
In 2011, a study was conducted over 60 healthy middle-aged ladies and that research demonstrated that ginger can improve both attention or vigilance and cognitive process. This is also helpful to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s.

Who should not take ginger? 
Though ginger is considered one of the most worshipped herbs or spices for its strong flavor and medicinal properties, there are few people with certain health conditions who should not take ginger daily, like people with critical cardiac conditions, diabetes, bleeding or blood clotting-related problems, and gallstones. These people should consult with their doctor before taking ginger as a supplement. Also in some cases pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid  ginger. Furthermore, don’t take more than 4 grams of ginger on a single day.

Adrak Ka Achar by Masala Monk

Is ginger good for blood pressure?
Ginger, an aromatic herb and traditional medicine in India and China is being used for its healing and anti-inflammatory property for thousands of years. This can lower blood pressure and boost up blood circulation. Research on both humans and animals shows that ginger can truly reduce high blood pressure levels that affect blood flow cynically.

What does ginger do in the body of a woman?
Ginger is a common remedy for treating upset stomach and nausea and this is also scientifically verified. Ginger appears to be helpful in digestion and saliva flow. Research has also illustrated the fact that consuming ginger could alleviate nausea and vomiting in some pregnant women.

Is ginger good for the lungs?
One of the extensively adopted home treatments to ease cough and cold is ginger, that is mostly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Also, due to this anti-inflammatory and bioactive property, it helps to wipe out toxins from the respiratory tract. It comprises of multiple vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and zinc.

How does ginger reduce blood sugar?

Ginger root or rhizome contains gingerols, the major bioactive compound, this is said to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without taking advantage of insulin, and thus it may be helpful in the management of high blood sugar levels. It’s also crucial to know that ginger has a very low glycemic index (GI) that’s why it breaks down gradually to crop up glucose and therefore it does not accelerate the spikes of blood sugar levels as other high GI foods do.

What are the side effects of ginger?
The famous south-east Asian herb, ginger may result in some mild side effects like heartburn, diarrhea, burping, and common discomfort in the stomach. Few folks have also reported menstrual bleeding and clotting of blood is intensified while taking ginger. The application of ginger juice on the skin is found to be safe for a short time but could feel a little irritable when applied for a longer period.

That’s all said and done ,

You name the problem and ginger is the solution, there are enough reason to include ginger in your diet.

Some of the best way to use ginger daily in your diet as add ginger pickle in your meal, ginger honey lemon tea, ginger chutney or drink some fresh ginger ale, Make fresh ginger lemonade, Add It to a Smoothie etc.

Masala monk have a great range of ginger products to help you include the same in your daily diet.
Sweet and Spicy Ginger Pickle-Homemade
Homemade Authentic Gingerale
Himalayan Sweet Ginger Chutney – 200 gms
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Love Non-Veg? 7 ways this pickle can save the day

Imagine a scenario where you have a kid who stays in a hostel – whatever might be the age – how do you ensure that your child gets better nutrition? Or if you are a grown kid who lives by yourself and manages your meals, then also achieving proper nutritional macros and doing it quickly is of top priority. Even if you are a parent and are responsible for your kids’ daily Tiffin Box, then also you should probably pay attention. And of course, consider who you consider kid, this should work if you are responsible for anyone’s Lunch or tiffin in the family as well.

Pickles have been a traditional part of the meals and you can see from our collection here, we have all kinds of them in-store, from most exotic to most mundane. But here this is particular one we are super excited about. Though our regular patrons can make a guess, however, this still is one of the pickles that not many know about. And it is so amazing that have listed down 7 ways, in which it can help you do so much more with your meals.

Yes, we are talking about Chicken Pickle. It is made using traditional recipes and it enjoys a shelf life of several months in almost all conditions, anywhere in the country. What that really means is that you can keep a jar handy and use the same as and when you want.

Here are 7 ways that kids – young and grown can use Chicken Pickle to get the most out of it – both taste as well as nutrition-wise.

  1. Lets get the usual off the list first – enjoy it with a parantha. Boring breakfast in hostel mess or office cafeteria? Well, just spice it up with couple of pieces of chicken from your own jar of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle and add some incredible spunk along with a little shot of proteins to your meal. Tip – It goes like a charm with humble aloo parantha, elevating it few levels.


  2. Lets talk about rice – be it a regional biryani or or simple pulao made at home – Masala Monk Chicken Pickle is always there to add that extra zing. Even if you have a plate of hot steamed rice, add some of the oil and spices from pickle to them along with a few chunks of course and let your hands do all the good work – you can thank me later. That’s said, finishing off your meal with curd rice, topped with some of Masala Monk’s Chicken Pickle takes the game to a whole new level.


  3. Lets talk about your favorite Instant Noodles. I know, I know we all have that favorite packed of noodles, however if you have ever been to South East Asia, you will realise how experimental they are with their noodles. So if you do not mind experimenting, then Masala Monk’s Chicken Pickle would go extremely well with Maggi, which I am sure your kids or grown kids in your lives will love. Adding some protien and flavor to it is not going to hurt anyone. Just saying. So yes, Masala Monk Chicken Pickle can be enjoyed as a side condiment after your Maggi noodles are cooked or you can just add the chunks and spices while cooking the same. Tip – patrons with kids in hostels – focus.

  4. Chicken achari Sandwich? Singles and Bachelors amongst us would know how many times a sandwich comes to save our lives. This pickle is highly recommended if you like your sandwiches to be grilled and are a fan of that mustardy zing. You can get really experimental with what combinations you can try, with Chicken Pickle, to fill and grill in the sandwich.


  5. Achari Chicken Pizza – hehe! the world has topped pizza with so many types of curated meats and toppings – well here is our contribution and twist to the same. Make a pizza in the way you usually would – top with chunks of Chicken Pickle, lets some of that Masala and Oil flow and see the magic happen.


  6. Ahem Chakna Ahem anyone 😛 – You get the trip, beer, whiskey, vodka or gin – a pinch of pickle works so well as a chakna – amuse bouche or palate cleanser if you prefer that kind of parlance – but you get the drift – it does work really well.


  7. Like to keep it simple? Life is good and god has blessed you with dal, subzi and roti on your plate. Though most of the times it makes up for a soulful meal however there are times when we need that little extra. Ofcourse there are so many other vegetarian pickles to help you do that – but having a non-veg pickle has its own charm – the flavor is gonna add so much more to the entire meal and give it a feeling of a feast.

It makes for an excellent gift to anyone who is a non-vegetarian and appreciates good food. Gift them a jar or a few of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle and see them jump with joy. It is an item that is not available on the shelf next door and would give the receiver would feel the thought and effort that would have gone behind the gift.

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By the way, the jar of Masala Monk Chicken Pickle might sound slightly on the expensive side, but it is probably still cheaper than a portion of butter chicken you would get delivered from a decent restaurant – and the pickle is definitely more exotic and longer-lasting. Besides that, the pickle is actually made using premium breast cuts of Himalayan Chickens which are bred in far better conditions than the chicken you will usually find next door. The pickle is made in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh and is part of our endeavor to support local women and farmers in the area. So when you arrive e buying a jar, it is directly getting shipped from a home in Himachal Pradesh and you are making a direct contribution to a lot of lives in the Valley.

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7 Benefits of Jaggery (Gur)

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Sukumar Ray, the icon of Bengali children’s literature and the father of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray said, ‘kintu shobar chaite bhalo, pauruti aar jhola gur’ which translates to ‘but the best of everything is the bread and runny jaggery’.

From the era of Daadi and Naani, the long before refined sugar came into our lives, there was Gur. From being a part of every meal for most of the households in India in the early ’90s to being served along with the mouth freshener at the end of fine dining in a restaurant, jaggery has successfully sustained its place in Indian diets for over the decade. With the young generation gravitating towards refined sugar, jaggery is still struggling to find its way back as a healthier sugar.

Since the Vedic era, Jaggery has had its significance in the Indian diet. “Guda” in Sanskrit, has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000’s years. However, in the 1600s, it was the Portuguese discovered its ingredients in Kerala, hence the word jaggery comes from, Portuguese word “Jagara”. Traditionally, jaggery is made of sugarcane juice or palm sap. Both of which have their own taste and texture.

Being used as Ayurvedic medicine and serving centuries with its medicinal qualities, let’s dig into the 7 health benefits of jaggery:

  1. Jaggery improves the digestive system by secreting digestive enzymes and stimulating bowel movement, hence preventing constipation. Hence, it is advisable to eat jaggery after every meal.
  2. Being rich in iron and folate, it helps prevent anemia by maintaining the normal level of red blood cells.
  3. Well-known for its ability to purify the blood, it helps in improving immune function and helps in boosting resistance against infections.
  4. Jaggery is a good source of antioxidants, which help in lowering the risk of certain types of cancers and helps in preventing free radicals (responsible for early aging).
  5. Acting as a detox, it helps in cleaning the liver by flushing out toxins from the body.
  6. Being rich in many nutrients, eating jaggery daily is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems like mood swings, menstrual cramps, and abdominal pain.
  7. It is a rich source of potassium, which helps improve the body’s metabolism by reducing water retention, balancing electrolytes, and building up muscles. These factors play an important role in effective weight loss, making it effective in aiding in weight loss.
Traditional sweets made from Jaggery (Gur) across India

With the quality of providing warmth to the body, jaggery is widely consumed during winters. It holds a great significance during the start of the Hindu harvest festival, Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated all across India in different forms, Pongal in South India, Lohri in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, Maghi in Himachal Pradesh, Poush Sankranti in West Bengal, etc. Sweets made of jaggery are a must during these festivals to dive into the warmth of the festival. Be it til papdi chikki, peanut chikki, gur patti, laddoos, puran polis, kheer, or pitheys, when cooked with the traditional recipes are considered as the purest form of sweets, which is any day superior to the sweets made of refined sugar.

Jaggery has found its own sweet spot in many of our lives. As I sit here and pen down the benefits of jaggery in our life, I recall this famous Marathi expression used during Sankranti to greet family and guests in Marathi households ‘Til gul ghya ni goad goad bola’ which means ‘eats til and gud, and speak well’.


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7 Benefits of Almonds During Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is a moment of excitement and celebration for everyone in the family. Especially for mom to be, the journey of the baby coming, can be an overwhelming feeling. With all nausea, tiredness, mood swings and hunger cues, the body of pregnant women becomes vulnerable to certain foods. Hence, it is very important to have a healthy and balanced diet during this phase.

During pregnancy, it is advisable to have a nutrition-based diet rather than a calorie-based diet. Nowadays people often resort to various superfoods to maintain a nutrition-based diet. Almonds are one such tiny nutrition-based superfoods. It is packed with key nutrients like magnesium, calcium, dietary fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin E. It is recommended that one ounce of almond (i.e., approximately 23 almonds) every day during pregnancy, is healthy for both mother and baby.

Almond Butter by Masala Monk

Do you know, before almond became a worldwide favorite superfood, it was consumed mainly in the middle east and south Asia. It took some took, before the world came to know of its amazing benefits and people started growing all over the globe. Almond contains zero cholesterol. They are enriched with vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and fibers. Being filled with so many healthy elements, let’s dig into it more, and have a look at 7 health benefits these superfoods have to offer to pregnant women:

  1. Almonds are a good source of Vitamin B9(Folate/folic acid). It’s an integral part of nutrients required during pregnancy as it helps in the neurological development of the fetus and helps in the prevention of many birth defects.
  2. Almonds are rich in dietary fibers. It helps in regulating blood sugar levels and preventing gestational diabetes. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy hence preventing preeclampsia.
  3. Being rich in dietary fats and carbs, almonds help in reducing oxidative stress, inflammation, and blood sugar during pregnancy.
  4. Almonds contain Iron which plays a major role in boosting a baby’s immunity and heart development. It also helps in carrying oxygen through the body of Mom to the baby which in turn helps pregnant women in coping up with the tiredness caused.
  5. Along with strengthening your memory, daily intake of almonds during pregnancy helps in maintaining a healthy weight. Not to forget it also furnish you with glowing and radiant skin.
  6. Magnesium found in almonds helps in strengthening the baby’s bones and teeth. It also regulates insulin & blood pressure, control blood sugar levels and stimulate enzyme function, hence prevents preeclampsia and poor fetal growth.
  7. Almonds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It helps in developing and sustaining the baby’s growing heart, immune system, brain, and eyes, especially during the third trimester.

Almonds carry a bundle of nutrition carried within. But, in recent times, it had become a conflicting topic “whether it is safe to consume nuts (almonds/walnuts) during pregnancy?” According to NHS (National Health Service), UK, you can eat nuts or food containing nuts during pregnancy until and unless you’re advised to by a healthcare professional or if you have a nut allergy.

The best way to consume almonds is by soaking them overnight. Consuming soaked almonds by removing its outer peel help in easy accessibility of enzymes. You can also have them in the form of almond powder, oil, roasted almonds, raw almonds, or almond butter. It is advisable to consume it during the day and in the right quantity. Excessive consumption can lead to indigestion, constipation, and weight gain problems.

So, add some love, nuttiness, and sweetness to your beautiful and magical journey of becoming a mother. Sprinkle a few slivers of almonds into your milkshake, porridge, or by ordering that big jar of almond butter. Also, just an advice, this does help you deal with the barrage of unsolicited advice and suggestions from relatives, friends, and family members.

Disclaimer: All being said and done, I must also state that if you love nuts then definitely incorporate a handful amount of soaked and peeled almonds into your daily diet. But if you are allergic to nuts, try avoiding them, and it is always advisable to consult your doctor before consuming almonds during pregnancy.

Enjoy good health and have a happy pregnancy!


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Larger Fridge – Are you not eating fresh enough?

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Game of Thrones is one of the most beautiful as well as brutal shows of all time. A character in the show “HODOR” meant nothing until it meant “hold the door” in the climax. Since then I can’t stop picturing myself being a HODOR to the refrigerator in my house during my childhood.

I have grown up obsessing over Hollywood movies and their fully loaded refrigerators. They are always stuffed with fruits, cakes, pastries, ice creams, juices, milk jars, beer cans, etc. but whenever I am hungry and HODOR my fridge, it all feels so boring. And a question pops in my mind “How do their fridge manage to have so much?” I couldn’t find an appropriate answer until I grew up to be a woman who started cooking and buying her own fruits and vegetables. That’s when I realized how different freshly cooked and refrigerated food tastes.

The journey from being a bulky, expensive, and luxury item to every common man’s basic household appliance, refrigerators are a blessing to today’s working generation. It is an important invention of the industrial revolution which came out as a huge technological advancement of present days. It offers ways to preserve food and other products in any climatic conditions. With the emerging industry of refrigerators and its availability in various sizes and capacities, it does make me wonder, are we storing more food than required? Are we cooking more than required?  Is this technology making us lazy? And why are manufacturers making 1000L+ refrigerators for households?

As I was researching our dependency on these machines, I could find all sorts of articles, guidelines, instructions on ways to preserve food and keep it fresh for a longer time. But rarely anyone talks about how to include fresher food in our daily meal. Amidst the busy schedule, people find it easy to buy and cook in larger quantities and store it in the refrigerator. They cook meals in larger portions and store in the fridge to simplify their work. It seems to be a conscious decision even after being aware of the fact that fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value when kept longer for a few days. According to Barbara P. Klein, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois, some fruits and vegetables can lose as much as 50 percent of their vitamin C and other nutrients in the ensuing week, depending on the temperature once they hit the refrigerator.

In order to keep a balance in your busy schedule and fresh eating habits, keep these things in mind next time you leave home for your vegetable market:

  1. Plan ahead, make a shopping list to avoid buying the unnecessary item
  2. Look for fresh locally grown produce and vegetable vendors because these fresh produce has traveled less so retaining its nutritional values.
  3. Avoid buying more by planning your visit to the grocery store twice a week rather than once a week
  4. Before putting your raw vegetables and fruits in the fridge ensure that it washed and cleaned properly
  5. If possible buy a refrigerator thermometer and monitor your fridge temperature. Try keeping your fridge around 40°F
  6. Store all your cooked and leftover food in covered containers
  7. Make sure you keep the leftover food in the fridge only after it cools down and makes sure that it is not at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours
  8. Make sure you clean your refrigerator twice a month and discard all the questionable food items stored in it
  9. And last but not the least, understand the portion sizes of your family members and cook in an appropriate amount

I know a fully-loaded fridge does look appealing but it does reflect your eating habits. A food when stored loses its nutritional value, color, texture with each day is spent in the refrigerators. In order to eat fresh food, I have incorporated my vegetable vendor visits during my evening walks. This did help me in storing less, eating green, and not overloading my fridge.

With adulting, I have realized that those Hollywood movies characters were not into healthy eating and were too lazy to cook. With me getting older and realizing this fact now I find my dog being a HODOR to the fridge. Every time I open the fridge he does sneak peeks into it and thinks there is a lot for him to eat.

PS: Do you know on an average we HODOR our fridge 15-20 times a day.