In Ayurveda fennel seeds are considered very beneficial. Fennel seed is widely used in Indian cooking. Fennel seed not just adds flavor but it also have several health benefits.
In India it’s a common practice to have some fennel seed post meals. Fiber content in fennel seeds helps in improving digestion and often act as a handy mouth freshener. Most of the restaurants in India keeps a bowl of fennel seeds at the exit.
I remember during summers guest were often welcomed by healthy pudina (mint) drink or a glass of saunf ka sherbet. This easy saunf ka sherbet or fennel drink is still made every summer at my mom’s place.
Health benefits of fennel seeds:
When consumed on regular basis in any form it works as a superb antioxidant. Fennel seed provide several valuable minerals to body and maintains hormonal balance.
Fennel seeds have a cooling effect on the body. It’s advisable to consume a fennel drink during pricking summer, to sooth body from heat.
When consumed regularly, fennel seed imparts cooling impact on the skin. It soothes skin inflammation and irritation and provides a healthy glow.
Its super easy to make and can be made in few minutes. Let’s have a look at easily available ingredients.
Ingredients for Fennel seed drink:
- Fennel seed: ½ cup
- Sugar: ½ cup
- White pepper powder: ¼ tsp
- Water: ¼ cup
How to make fennel seed syrup:
- Soak fennel seeds for 3-4 hours.
- Drain water and grind it in thick paste.
- Sieve the fennel paste and collect its thick extract.
- Heat sugar in pan with water. Let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool down.
- Now add the fennel juice, pepper powder and mix well.
Transfer it in dry container and keep in refrigerator. This syrup will stay good for a month.
So here is the process of making simple and healthy fennel seed drink:
Mix ¼ part syrup and ¾ part cold water to make a glass of refreshing drink. This drink taste best when served chilled. Having a glass of this refreshing drink in summers is so soothing.
So this summer say no to harmful ready-made drinks and packed juices. Instead go natural and try different healthy and refreshing home-made drinks.
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