If you follow JewelPie on Facebook, you have probably seen this quote by Hippocrates “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. I truly believe in that saying and often consume food with medicinal benefits. One of the many food that is also considered as medicine is ginger, a spice widely used in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Jamu.
I personally find it an effective digestive cure and try to incorporate more of it in my diet. The easiest way is through infusion. I like to brew tea with it and add a spoonful of honey. When I have a little more time, I like to make ginger ale which requires a few days and a lot of monitoring. When I want it fast, I will pop a few slices into the microwave. This drink is spicy and slightly sweet.
Prep time: 1 minute
Cooking time: 1 minute
Ginger x 25 g ( about 1 inch)
Molasses sugar x 1 tsp
Water x 200 ml (about 1 cup)
TO PREPARE INGREDIENTS:
Peel ginger with a spoon and hit it with a rolling pin or a cleaver.
TO MAKE DRINK:
In a microwave-safe mug, add smashed ginger, sugar and water. Put in the microwave oven for a minute.
- If you’re not a fan of ginger or cannot take spicy food like I do, reduce the amount of ginger.
- Find out more on how to peel ginger with a spoon (More: Peel ginger with a spoon)
- For convenient, peel and keep it in a container (More: 3 Asians ingredients to keep in the fridge)
- As this article is about speed, we smack the ginger with rolling pin. If you want deeper flavour, slice ginger thinly with a sharp knife.
- You can use any type of sugar. My current favourite is molasses as it contains many essential minerals and vitamins such as calcium, iron and B6. It also yields a deep brown colour.
If you’re overeating this festive season and have tummy upset, try this!