Acidity is one of the most common ailments that people face across the globe. We have various factors to blame for this gastro issue - bad eating habits, unhealthy lifestyles, lack of physical exercise, are just few of the reasons. If you are someone who has considered adapting a healthier lifestyle to tackle the irritating monster called Acidity, here are some superb tricks which I came across while following a series of videos published by celebrated nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar.
When we broke down what Rujuta Diwekar spoke about in regards to fighting Acidity, we were pleasantly surprised to find all these ingredients in her remedies to be available at the comfort of our homes. Isn't that the beauty of Indian remedies? They are neither too fancy nor too difficult to acquire.
We are listing down 3 of our favourite and the most delicious remedies shared by Rujuta Diwekar with some small suggestions for serving from our co-founder's end.
1. Poha with Curd / Dahi
Now dahi-pohe or curd poha is one of the most popular snack items where I come from. My maiden family belongs to the super hot and dry Vidarbha area and it's the culinary influence still remains in my cooking. Due to excess heat and dry weather, our grandma used to make it compulsory to drink chaas, lassi, mattha or any raita with loads of dahi in it and some snacks that could be eaten with dahi. One such snack item used to be Dahi-Poha.
How to make Dahi Poha?
So this is the recipe that mom used make. She says that every Maharashtrian household has a different style of making these snacks.
Step 1: Lightly dry roast any poha, thick or thin, white or red doesn't matter till it's crispy. Allow it to cool.
Step 2: In a separate bowl add 1 bowl of curd, 1/4th cup of milk (with or without cream. This depends on your preferance) and whisk until blended.
Step 3: Add pink salt, Khandsari sugar, roasted cumin powder and freshly chopped green chillies and coriander. Make a tadka by adding cumin and asafoetida to heated cold-pressed groundnut oil. Keep in fridge.
Step 4: Just take the poha in a bowl and pour 2 ladles of the prepared dahi on them. Mix and enjoy!
2. Eat Gulkand!
Now who doesn't like their timely sweet treats? When a nutritionist say's that a sweet treat is good for health, it immediately lightens up our tired face. Gulkand is a delicious rose preserve and everyone in India loves to consume it. Be it in a pan, ice-cream, milkshake or as it is, Gulkand is a favourite among Indians. I remember Mother asking me to eat a small spoonful of gulkand in the afternoon when we had a high-on-spice meal. Never understood why until I heard Rujuta Diwekar's talk. Again, going back to my Vidarbha roots here is the most favourite of our gulkand recipes.
Step 1: In a tall vessel add 1 and 1/2 bowls of curds and 1/2 bowl of milk
Step 2: Add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of Gulkand, 1 tablespoon of khandsari sugar, 1/2 pinch of pink salt.
Step 3: Use a bilona to blend and mix the lassi.
Step 4: Serve chilled.
3. Soaked Raisins
So this is one of those items that I always ran away from and my cousins really loved. Raisins soaked overnight have a milder taste than the dry raisins but are known to be great for people who have acidity and heat related issues. It is super easy to prepare as well!
Step 1: Soak 1 medium spoonful of raisins in clean water. Let them soak overnight.
Step 2: In the morning, have a glass of water and eat the soaked raisins. That's all!
So do let us know in the comments if you have any such acidity remedies that you follow at home and if you have special recipe variations for dahi poha. Post your recipe photo on Instagram and tag us!