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Weather is changing here and it is getting lovely and pleasant. The temperature drops down in mornings and evenings and the breezy evening walks are now a joy and something that I eagerly look forward to. However, the weather has brought along with it an array of seasonal illnesses. Every now and then, some or the other acquaintance is falling prey to flu or fever. Time to bring out the ‘desi ilaaj’ or the natural cures to prevent oneself from falling ill. This syrup is therapeutic and preventive in nature with goodness of turmeric, ginger, black pepper and honey. It soothes the throat and helps calm the cough and allergies.

1/3 C Honey (use organic if you can)

1 tbsp + 1 & half tsp Ginger Juice (procured from fresh root ginger)

1 tbsp Turmeric juice (I used fresh root turmeric)

2 tbsp Lemon juice

¼ tsp Black Pepper Powder

To extract the ginger juice, grate the ginger and squeeze it to get the juice. Sieve it and measure 1 table spoon. Same is for turmeric juice. Grate the fresh turmeric and squeeze to get the juice (the turmeric will stain your hands and you may want to use a spoon while pressing it to extract juice)

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Pour the honey in a small pan and add all juices and black pepper. Stir on a very low heat till everything mixes together really well.

Cool and transfer into a glass container with lid.

Use as required but no more than 6 tsp a day. For children, reduce the dosage. Consult your doctor before giving honey to your toddler or baby.

Note: You can substitute fresh ginger & fresh turmeric with dry ginger powder or turmeric powder but I find them a tad strong for the syrup. Besides, they don’t even mix well into the honey.

Note: Feel free to add aromatics such as a pinch of cinnamon or half a teaspoon of roasted and ground fennel seeds to make it taste better. I love saffron and look for excuses to added it where ever I can, so I added a tiny little pinch of crushed saffron to the syrup.

Yield: Makes approx. 150 ml

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