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Remember when our grandmas would keep earthen pots full of pickles or drinks on the terrace during winter season for adequate sun? Sheer nostalgia, isn’t it? Kanji, made of black carrots and a melange of spices, would be one of the season’s favorites. And no it wasn’t just because of its taste, but also since this drink is packed with health benefits.
Kanji – which many may relate to as an Indian Kombucha – is typically made in North Indian homes especially in the winter season due to its main ingredient, which is black carrots. It has a sweet and sour flavor.
Nutritionist Aakriti Arora calls Kanji a “magic tonic” which helps in curing or relieving multiple ailments – from bloating, cough and weakness in joints to fever and constipation.
Kanji is filled with an abundance of nutrients and immunity boosting components. Arora states, “It is made with all the goodness that the winter season has to offer. From fresh black carrots to the therapeutic winter sun, Kanji is a powerhouse of probiotics as it is the queen of fermented drinks.”
Kanji is easy to make and has a good shelf life with many benefits. According to Ayurveda, you should avoid fermented food and drinks during summer season and consume them during winter and autumn, as the digestive fire is at its lowest.
Now you must be curious to know all the major health benefits of kanji, aren’t you? But wait, first let us tell you how to make Kanji at home. Try it out ladies!
Nutrition expert Aakriti Arora has shared this easy recipe to make Kanji at home:
As we mentioned, Kanji brims with benefits. In an Instagram post, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar had pointed out that this miracle drink can alleviate problems like bloating, cough, and weakness in joints.
It can also ease constipation and cramps in your calf, apart from helping you shoo away cold and flu from your kid’s life.
Kanji is rich in probiotics as it is brewed from fermentation. It makes a miracle elixir and promotes gut health. Further, black carrots are high in dietary fibre which improves overall digestive system
Being rich in Vitamin C, a glass of kanji enhances our immunity , and prevents us from getting the flu. It also stimulates white blood cells, thereby protecting our body from various pathogens and viruses.
Kanji lowers cholesterol and keeps blood sugar in check! As it is loaded with antioxidants and has the presence of various vitamins and minerals like vitamin K,C, potassium and manganese, it offers protection against a variety of chronic lifestyle diseases like fatty liver, diabetes, and even cancer.
Arora says that vitamin C is considered to be the miracle vitamin to prevent the signs of ageing. Kanji offers a large amount of anthocyanin, the antioxidant that is responsible for glowing skin. This maroon hued drink also enhances collagen production due to its vitamin C content and keeps the skin elastic and hydrated all winter long!
What are you waiting for ladies? Go, grab a glass of this nourishing probiotic, and easy-to-make drink!