Kaidarya Churna – Curry Leaf Paste. Digestive System and Liver Tonic
This is a zingy, delicious paste! Whilst you are pounding and grinding you are hit with the delicious smell of toasty curry leaves – my mouth is literally watering because I can’t wait to eat some of this with my rice at lunchtime! A word of warning – if you have never used black salt, you will get a shock at the pure egginess of it! I do not eat eggs – the smell repels me, so the first time I made this I have to admit that I retched. When the lime juice activates the dry salt, the smell rises and hits you and you can’t escape it, it reminded me of cling film wrapped egg sarnies and I did not think that I would want to taste this. I am happy to say that by the end, the smell is contained and the taste of this paste is not eggy at all. The health benefits of this salt definitely outweigh the nasty smell!
In Ayurvedic medicine, curry leaves are known to have several medicinal properties such as anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and hepato-protective (capability to protect liver from damage) properties.
I took this paste morning and night for 10 days or so.
I am generally very healthy but I can honestly say that since taking this, my digestion has just become more comfortable and I felt amazing. The effects have lasted for 6 or so weeks, and I woke up this morning craving this again, so am on to making my second batch. I also gave this to close family members, who not only noticed almost immediate improvement in their digestion, but also loved the flavour so much that they took this on the side of their plate as a kind of chutney! This is a food medicine and can be used as a small “relish”.
My husband has type 2 diabetes, last year he was told that he would probably be on insulin within 6 months. Through the wonderful healing power of Ayurvedic herbs and compounds and careful diet/nutrition management, I am happy to say that he has not had any pharmaceutical medication for his condition. His blood sugar levels are controlled and he is feeling very healthy.
This paste, although simple looking, took some two hours to prepare! The curry leaves takes a lot of pounding and each time a drier paste was achieved, I added the juice of another lime and pounded and ground again. Depending on the potency required you can add the juice of 1 lime (weaker) or up to 7 limes for a more potent tonic (adjust lemon juice if using to approx half – depending on size).
This is an excellent rejuvenator for the digestive system and all liver congestion – General liver tonic, Hepatitis B&C, varices, fatty liver, sluggish immune and diabetes. The rule applies, as with all of these recipes, if you are in doubt or have serious health issues and concerns, you need to consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner or your own GP.
How it is made:
Note: This recipe made enough paste for 3 people / 10 days. It will keep for 2 weeks or so and then the taste starts to change.
3g – 6g dose (3 times per day)
Dose take for either 3,5 or 7 days. Once per month as on going treatment.