4 DRINKS SUGGESTED BY TAAPSEE PANNU NUTRITIONIST, MUNMUN GANERIWAL, FOR THE MONSOON SEASON

Immunity is often compromised during monsoons, and healthy soups and drinks are one of the best immunity boosters available to us. Munmun Ganeriwal, author, award-winning nutritionist and famous lifestyle consultant to many celebrities including Taapsee Pannu, reveals 4 drinks that will help boost immunity this monsoon, in her latest audiobook Yuktahaar, available on Audible.

Amla Ginger Soup: “A unique combination of amla and ginger, this soup is packed with anti-inflammatory, immunity-boosting, and detoxification benefits.” In order to boost the immunity of this monsoon, you have to try this!

Recipe:

Start by pressure cooking 3 amlas and some fresh ginger, about an inch long, in a cup of salted water.

Separate the boiled amlas and ginger from the broth and keep the broth aside.

Discard amla seeds and make a paste of boiled amla and ginger. Prepare a dry paste with 1 or 2 green chillies, fresh curry leaves, 1.5 tsp whole peppercorns and 1.5 tsp cumin seeds.

Heat 1 teaspoon of ghee, add a pinch of hing, 1/2 teaspoon of haldi powder and coarse paste.

Then add the amla ginger paste with the broth and add another two to three cups of water.

Let simmer for 15 minutes. Drink it as it is or strain the soup before consuming it if you prefer a clear soup.

Lotus nut smoothie: A makhana smoothie helps keep the heart healthy and plays a vital role in weight loss. More importantly, it has anti-aging properties. “Lotus nuts (makhanas) have the highest resistant starch (RS) content among all nuts. It is far higher than cashews, peanuts, etc. Super rich in prebiotic content, this smoothie is what you need if you want to have something light. Munmun said.

Recipe:

Add 1 cup roasted makhana, 2 tbsp roasted peanuts and 2 tbsp almonds to a blender. Grind them with a glass of milk.

Add honey to taste and mix well.

Garnish with soaked raisins and mixed seeds

Turmeric Soup: Used in India for thousands of years as a spice and herbal medicine, turmeric has multiple proven health benefits. “It’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. She adds, “Combined with garlic, onions and ginger, this antimicrobial recipe makes this a go-to soup during monsoons and winters or just because you’re feeling down.”

Recipe:

Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a pan and sauté an onion until it becomes translucent.

Add 1 tbsp minced garlic, freshly grated turmeric about 2 inches and 1.5 tbsp grated ginger and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add 3 diced carrots and fry again. Then add 4 cups of vegetable broth and simmer for 20 minutes. Using a blender or the back of a spoon, give the super good mix and check if the carrots are good.

Squeeze a little lemon and serve hot.

Moringa Drumstick Soup: “Drumsticks are a very good source of iron and can help detoxify the system. Moringa leaves and lentils are also made into an equally therapeutic soup.” Munmun also mentions how Moringa/Drumstick is used to treat stomach ailments that most people complain about during this season. The soup immunizes the body to fight against bacterial diseases, making Moringa a definite need, according to Munmun during monsoons.

Recipe:

Cut the drumsticks into long pieces and cut them in half

Take a saucepan and cook the drumsticks in water until cooked

Strain and keep the broth aside, then remove the flesh from the cooked drumsticks and discard the skin

Heat 1 tsp ghee, add 1/4 cup chopped onions, 2 cloves, minced garlic and flash drumstick and mix well

Mix the mixture, then in a saucepan, add the puree mixed with the reserved broth

Add 1 teaspoon cumin powder, salt and pepper powder for taste

Bring the soup to a boil then simmer for a few minutes.

Add 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves just before serving

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