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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kaaya Podi (Postpartum Medicine) - A simple version

Kaaya Podi is a wonderful medicine for lactating Mom's, this can be consumed immediately after giving birth or kept in the pantry to come in handy for indigestion problems . This has been in our family for ages, the actual recipe calls for 20 ingredients. Sometimes a quick and a simple version of the Kaaya Podi is made which just has a few ingredients. I will surely write up the actual version as soon as I get hold of all the ingredients.

Every ingredient has a special work to do, Dry Ginger brings about a good appetite and also aids in digestion and treats cold. Peppercorns help keep away from sore throat and cough, Palmyra keeps the body cool mainly from the heat Ginger produces. Kaaya Podi can be called as post delivery medicine.

Ingredients:

Sonthi - 1 1/2 inches (Dry Ginger)
Miriyalu - 2 tbsps (Peppercorn)
Thaati Bellam/Nalla Bellam - 1/2 cup * (Palmyra/Palm Sugar in English and Panam Kalkandu/Karupatti in Tamil)



How to make Kaaya Podi:

1. Heat a pan and dry roast the Dry Ginger. Dry Ginger will burn quickly so toast on low flame for a few mins remove when Ginger gets a slight black tint. Let it cool.
2. Use a stone pestle and mortar and stamp the Ginger a few times, it will crumble. Remove the veins of the Ginger and crush them until fine. If you dont have a stone pestle and mortar use a mixer and then seive to remove the veins from the Ginger.
3. In a mixer powder the Peppercorns and Palmyra separately** and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly well.



How to Consume:

1. Warm Water and mix one teaspoon of the mixture and drink.
2. Mix the mixture in a tablespoon of Ghee.
3. Mix with cooked Rice with some Sesame Oil or Ghee.
4. Instead of Palmyra substitute with Honey and eat.
5. I gulp a teaspoon of the powder as it is but be warned that they might get into the nostrils and you will end up in a coughing spree.



When to consume:

Post delivery once in the morning and once at night, as long as nursing or even longer.

Storage:

Let the mixture stand for 15 mins and then store in an airtight container.

Expiry:

It can be stored for years unless it becomes damp thats when fungus forms. When prepared and consumed within a month the flavor and aroma is exceptional.

* Both Dry Ginger and Peppercorns are hot so check for taste and you can add more Palmyra.
** Peppercorns and Palmyra can be made into a fine powder or ground coarsely, I like it coarsely done.



The casseroval in the above picture was sent to me by Sathya Shankar of Appetite Treats for winning her giveaway. Thanks a ton Sathya, the Casserole is simply kewl!!!

28 comments:

VS said...

Hi Ramya
From your previous posts, it sounds that you are a new mom. Congrats dear! That's great news and is it a boy or girl?

Satya said...

hey ramya...
its a very very useful post ...thanks for sharing yaar ...

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

jayasri said...

Hi Ramya, how are you doing girl! how is the baby!!, that's a good post reminds me of my post natal care in mom's place, are you enjoying it, I used to enjoy both my post natal care as my parents took care of everything!, oh! that was blissful, just eat and sleep Mmmm.., thanks for the post, it is an useful one as it helps lot of new Mom's and useful for treating cold,cough and indigestion, lovely clicks too..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Awesome post, I am sure it will be useful for lots of people. lovely pix too!

Babli said...

Heartiest congratulations to you. Convey my lots of love to your sweet little baby.
Very nice and useful post. Thanks a lot.

vidhas said...

Congrats Ramya!! How is the baby? very useful post. enjoy and take care.

Rumana Rawat said...

Awesome post, I am sure it will be useful for lots of people.

♥Aps♥ said...

This will be uselful for all just been moms.... nd howz ur lil one?????
Nd congratulations on the casserole its simply Super!!!

Priya said...

Wonderful post, never know about this podi,thanks for sharing Ramya..

Supriya Nair said...

Hi Ramya, this post will prove very useful for me....hey congrats dear...ur little one has completed four months....mine is two months now....hope to read all ur informative posts on post delivery...thanks a ton dear...

Chitra said...

Nice useful post ramya :)

Nandini said...

What a useful podi!

G.Pavani said...

its useful n healthy recipe..for so many moms..

Sushma Mallya said...

Congrats on winning the giveaway, its really beautiful ..and thanks for sharing this lovely post too, really useful one...

Shanthi said...

Useful and informative traditional post.

Gulmohar said...

Congrats Ramya ! This answers your absence from blogging for a while..Hope you and the baby are doing great...take care

Pavithra said...

Wonderful post Ramya... and congrats on winning the giveaway dear...

swapna said...

Very very useful post...thanks and congrats!!!

Jaya said...

How is baby and mother doing now, hope both of you are enjoying company of each other :-), and this is such a useful post.
hugs and smiles

Kalyani said...

very useful info ... Thanks & congrats ......

Rachana said...

Congrats Ramya! take care !

Ruchikacooks said...

Congrats!

Thanks for sharing this recipe, you know we had a series going couple of months ago- home remedies, wish I had known this then!

http://ruchikacooks.com

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sure going to be useful for many,nice post Ramya!

San said...

Congrats ramya on the baby .You must be way occupied with the baby n a very informative post in between .Thanks for sharing.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow nice post Ramya am sure it will be useful for many

Nithya said...

Very useful post dear. Thanks for sharing :)

Archana Vivek said...

This great Ramya. It will be useful for me from December. Thanks for the recipe.Congratulations to you too.

Now Serving said...

Wish I'd known about this one 2 yrs ago when i had my last little one - but pp was what kinda helped me get going with my food blog -- so Alleez well.. But will pass on to other post prego friends

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