Ginger, pepper and ajwain. Any Indian mother will know what I’m talking about. After delivery, these three spices are used for pretty much every dish for many months! Along with other spices like fenugreek, they have an amazing healing effect on the body. Grandmothers would keep the new mother’s stock hidden, or they would be gobbled up by everybody else.
My aunt, Rukmini Kharvi from Gangolli, Karnataka, shared this amazing traditional Ginger Laddoo recipe with me. She says that the ginger helps enhance digestive power, and this is very important during lactation. It is a ‘heat producing’ food, in a local custom.
In this recipe, we are using dry ginger powder, palm jaggery, roasted and crushed pepper and ajwain seeds. They are usually made with ghee or coconut oil and stored for many days. We have omitted these disease causing ingredients to enhance the health quotient of ginger laddoo even further. These ladoos can be quite strong! Take one ginger laddoo a day to give your stomach a boost. Enjoy the zing!