Health benefits of Ganthoda powder in Parsi Vasanu

Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

GANTHODA
Ganthoda is a powder made from the root of a long pepper. This powder is known by several other names, which include pipramul and peepramul; however, ganthoda is a word native to India.

Ganthoda powder mixed with ginger powder, water and jaggery is an Indian natural remedy for gastric discomfort and joint pain, according to Spices Online.

Ganthoda powder is used in many Indian recipes and in tea as an ayurvedic treatment.

The Parsi Vasanu (click for recipe) includes Gandhoda powder. Vasanu is eaten in cold winter weather early in the morning for maximum benefits.

COMBINED USES
Individuals who want to increase their magnesium intake to prevent bone problems may find the most benefit in drinking milk or consuming milk-based dairy products. This is because some milk-based dairy contains both calcium and magnesium, which work together in this respect. This may not be ideal for a person with lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome, as milk can trigger a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. Some people add ganthoda powder to milk to ease these discomforts, although there are no studies to prove its effectiveness.

CONSIDERATIONS
Although magnesium is FDA-approved for use, ganthoda is not. Neither magnesium nor ganthoda are FDA-approved to cure illnesses, so before using them to treat or prevent any illness, speak to your physician. Magnesium is an important mineral to consume and although it is possible to consume enough through diet, your physician may suggest that you take a supplement to meet your needs. Ganthoda has no known contra indications or side effects, but since no studies are published on its effectiveness, speak to your physician before consuming large quantities of it.

From the Cookbook Author

Hope you enjoyed this, please feel free to share. Rita Jamshed Kapadia has authored "Parsi Cuisine The Manna of the 21st Century" and individual "Parsi Cuisine" series cookbooks with matched digital e-cookbooks.  Rita teaches and demos Indian Parsi Cuisine at Libraries, Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Rita's books are listed here on the website for ordering a signed copy directly within USA OR purchase from Amazon. Please go to the tab for "Cookbooks". http://www.ParsiCuisine.com/cookbooks    

6 thoughts on “Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

  1. Hi Rita, this nuturitious recipe of Vasanu is interesting. It would be very helpful if you give some English/Hindi names of ingredients. Some of ingredients I could google but some like Vai Varin, punjabi salan, kajar kas. I was making the Gondh laddus while searching for Ganthoda I came across your link. thanks for the recipe.

  2. Dear Roshan, Appreciate you dropping a line. Your input means a lot. More videos and recipes will keep being posted as they are submitted – enjoy! Our aim is to make our parsi cuisine mainstream to all of the world. Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  3. This being my first mail on your website I am delighted to wish all and many Parsi Irani folks out there with their dear families A Fabulous Prosperous New Year 2015 ahead! Heaps of thanks for the yummy recipes posted esp love to watch the videos on cooking!
    Great viewing!!
    Loads of thanks n regards
    Roshan 🙂

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