Honey finds new uses in the Indian kitchen

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

Whether you're adding a dollop to your tea or drizzling over your porridge, honey has been touted as a super healthy way to gratify your sweet tooth without having to turn to sugar. Honey has distinctive features that are unique to the season, area, and type of nectar it was made from. Honey varieties range from delicate, runny, pale yellow, to thick, dark yellow to dark-as-molasses. Honey has a fairly straightforward flavour which is fantastic for certain recipes, baking, and sweetening drinks.

Here’s why you should add honey to your diet

  • Boosts GI health: The benefits of eating honey are manifold – it is a natural anti-bacterial agent and helps boost gut health appreciably. Experts say that honey is fantastic for those suffering from tummy troubles, food poisoning, as well as to ward off potential GI issues.
  • Battles inflammation: Honey is a yummy way of reducing levels of inflammation in the body! Chronic inflammation causes a whole host of diseases such as – diabetes, heart disorders, stroke, fatty liver disease and cancer. The potent anti-oxidants in honey combat inflammation in the body, stave off cell damage and prevent these diseases.
  • Checks cancer: Honey induces apoptosis – i.e. has the death of malignant cells. Honey's powerful anti-oxidants are a strong shield against certain cancers.

Fabulous honey-based recipes

These 7 recipes celebrate the sweet liquid gold and promise you a gastronomic experience!

  1. Salad dressing: This one’s an easy and very versatile salad dressing. Sweetness from the honey, freshness from the lime and tang from the mustard pair delightfully well with paneer, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, coriander and almonds. Perfect for the summer! You’ll be surprised how something so effortless can turn any veggie into a delicious meal! What’s more, this dazzling veggie topper will help you lose weight, without sacrificing flavour!
  1. Chicken bites: This wonderful recipe packs a mega punch of flavour without you having to spend too much time in the kitchen. These gorgeous chicken bites are the ideal weeknight meal that you ought to integrate into your meal rotation. The sweet glazed chicken is the right size for popping into your mouth! Honey plays a pivotal role in the exciting glaze, along with lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and chili.
  1. Smoothie: Make your body a super-efficient fat-torching machine by firing up your metabolism with this smoothie! You can experiment with fruits, dry fruits, nuts, veggies, greens and protein powders. Adding honey makes the smoothie taste absolutely decadent, while providing you with a ton of goodness. The smoothie is crammed with natural fresh and wholesome ingredients which make your health quotient sky-rocket.
  1. Turmeric latte: Turmeric provides large quantities of health-boosting phyto-nutrients. Combining dairy, haldi, pepper and honey first thing in the morning proffers you with protein and robust anti-oxidants which rev up your metabolism, turn off the genes which encourage fat storage, balance your blood sugar profile, keep the heart happy and prevent countless chronic health issues. Curcumin in haldi is a formidable anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent which perks up your health tremendously. Tata Sampann Spices are sourced from the finest organic farms and are scientifically and hygienically packaged, providing you with the very best.
  1. Lemon spritz: The gorgeous golden honey really shines through in this refreshing drink! What’s more, this beverage comes together in absolutely no time. The lime gives the drink a superb zing, while the cucumber infuses a cool essence, and the two balance the sweet notes from the honey exceedingly well. Serve chilled.
  1. Cookies: One of the most popular honey uses in cookies. Ditch your store-bought sugary cookies and whip up this super yummy and super nutritious batch instead. These cookies are loaded with berries, honey and almonds – all of which proffer oodles of wholesome nutrition.
  1. Green tea: The use of honey for weight loss, along with the waist-whittling giant – the green tea has been fairly well-known. Studies show that those who drink green tea regularly have about 20 % lesser body fat than those who do not. Furthermore, EGCG, the exceptional component in green tea, has the potential to switch off the genetic triggers for obesity as well as diabetes.

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