Fig Delight with Brainy Almonds

The uniqueness of Indian dish is not just the main course they serve. It’s the side dish or accompanying food as well. Most of the Indian dishes come with side dishes that not just add deliciousness to the food but also make sense of having medicinal or health benefits. For instance, the chutneys are a spicy condiment made of chopped fruits or vegetables cooked generally in vinegar and sugar with ginger and spices. These are not the main course of foods but they make dish better, tastier and more healthful.

We present here a recipe of fig (Anjeer) delight with brainy almonds (Baadam). Ayurveda describes dry fruits and certain spices as very good ingredients to promote health in various ways. Indian spices are not just edibles that are real ‘spicy’ in taste but they carry natural enzymes and aid the digestion thereby.

Ayurvedic benefit of this dish:
Fig is considered as potent Kafaghna (the one that pacifies the kapha dosha). It’s good in respiratory tract infection and allergic conditions and bronchitis

Fig is mild laxative (sukha virechana) and hence restores the gut motility. Good for those who suffer from irregular bowels, constipation and indigestion.

Garlic contains potent anti-oxidant components and hence good for body tissue cleansing

Baadam (almonds) are known to increase the intellect and improve cognition.

Ingredients for the dish:

  • ½ kg of Anjeer, blanched and finely sliced
  • 15-20 Badam, blanched and finely sliced
  • 3 tablespoon of sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of melon seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of cumin seed powder
  • 2 tablespoon of natural jaggery
  • 4-5 garlic pods (preferably chopped)
  • 2 medium sized finely chopped onions
  • 3 not-so-spicy finely chopped green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon of malt vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of grounded green cardamom

Preparation Method
Step #1: In a kadhai (cooking pan), heat cooking oil

Step #2: Put garlic and lightly sauté it.

Step #3: Put onions and stir.

Step #4: Add malt vinegar, cumin powder and salt. Stir well to avoid burning

Step #5: Add jaggery and 1/4th cup of water. Mix it well.

Step #6: Remove from the stove and allow it to cool naturally.

Step #7: On the other hand, in a grinder, put figs, green chilies, half quantity of almonds and green cardamom powder.

Step #8: Add cooked spices and white vinegar. If needed, include water to make it a smooth paste.

Step #9: In another cooking pan, heat the remaining oil.

Step #10: Include melon seeds and almonds.

Step #11: Add fig paste and stir well. Do seasoning. Finally, add remaining jaggery for glitter and white vinegar to make it tangy.

Remove the preparation from heat and cool it naturally.

How to take it?
This goes best as supplementary (side dish). A teaspoon or two is okay with meals or in breakfast. Goes great with Indian flatbread (chapati) and vegetable.

Author: Dr Maulik Vyas

I am a holistic Doctor with 10 yr of experience in medical/health and wellness industry. Also, I am a professional content writer with 1000s of articles published across the web. I'm available for content writing, natural treatment consultancy, business ideas about healthcare/wellness industry. I am the proprietor of company named Mouls Incorporation.

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