Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

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.

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.

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.

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  1. Roshan says:

    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 🙂

  2. Rita says:

    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. Vindhya Medisetty says:

    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.

  4. Rita says:

    Vindhaya, yes it would indeed help. Will work on it.

  5. Megala says:

    Wonderful herb mix! Never heard this before, would definitely look for this.

  6. Ajit Trivedi says:

    Does it help if or sound sleep

  7. Rita says:


  8. Kir says:

    Can males can consume ganthoda powder ? At Wht Age boys can have. Does it help for weight loss


  9. Yes. Indian parsi health dish called vasanu has ganthoda, and it is enjoyed by all ages. Too strong for children under 15.

    No info on weight loss benefits, but the vasanu is made with pure Ghee so it adds to weight.


    How much and when to intake and till when?

  11. Hello,
    Vasanu is good to eat in the morning with your chai or coffee. 2- 3 tsp daily.
    Best regards,

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