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Gondh or Gondh Katira is a tasteless, viscous, edible gum obtained from the sap of Acacia trees in the Middle East and parts of West and North-west India, like Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat.
It is known as Tragacanth Gum in English and is a very popular ingredient in India during the Winter season because of its ability to generate heat within the body. Plus, it is quite commonly used in traditional medicine to treat many ailments like constipation and heat stroke.
The Unique Properties and Health Benefits of Gondh
Gondh is the only gum that does not stick to itself. And is an ingredient in many cosmetics because it does not dry up when it comes in contact with air.
But the best property of gondh, by far, is its ability to both cool the body (when consumed in the form of a watery drink) and heat it up (when consumed as an ingredient in sweets).
The following are some of its most famous health benefits.
#1 Gondh is packed with nutrients.
Gondh is highly nutritious because it is rich in calcium, magnesium, and protein. That's the main reason why pregnant and lactating women are often fed gondh ke laddoo to replenish their dwindling nutrients and reduce bone pain due to calcium deficiency.
#2 It can warm up your body.
Gondh is popularly used to produce gondh ke laddoos during Winter because of its phenomenal heat-generating properties, which is a by-product of its high calorific value.
So if you want to try this grandma's favorite winter remedy at home, just make sure you follow the instructions of use as well, which is to consume only a single laddoo per day.
#3 It can prevent heat stroke.
As mentioned earlier, gondh has both heat-generating and cooling properties. So if you soak gondh in water and milk and then use it to prepare a drink (like they do in the Middle East), it will protect you from heat stroke when you go out in the Sun.
In fact, having gondh drinks is good for children as it also prevents nosebleeds during High Summer.
#4 It can relieve constipation.
Gondh has laxative properties and is, therefore, a great remedy for constipation.
All you need to do is soak a little bit of it in water, wait till its gels up, and then add it to a lemon drink and have it.
#5 It can treat involuntary urination.
Urinary incontinence is a major problem wherein an individual's urinary sphincters and other muscles fail to function properly because of which he or she urinates involuntarily anywhere and everywhere.
Having gondh is good for such people as it can reduce urinary tract inflammation and decrease the intensity of urinary incontinence.
#6 It can help you increase the size of your breasts.
If you are unhappy with the size of your breast, you should consider consuming gondh from time to time.
The high calorific value of this edible gum can help you enlarge your breasts by increasing your body's fat content.
#7 It has anti-aging properties.
Gondh's phenomenal anti-aging property makes it a good ingredient in face masks for beauty.
All you need to do is soak some gondh overnight, strain it out next morning, add 1 egg white, 1 tbsp milk, and then mix all this into a smooth paste before applying it over your face. You can wash this off after 20 minutes.
#8 It is an aphrodisiac for men.
Drinking soaked gondh with some sugar is a great way to increase your libido and improve your performance during sex.
How to Make Gondh ke Laddoos
It's winter right now and people are falling sick everywhere. So we recommend you use this following recipe to protect yourself from the cold.
You will need:-
- ½ cup wheat flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 50g gondh
- ¼ cup ghee
- ¼ tsp cardamom powdered
1. Add ghee to a hot pan and then fry the gondh in it until it puffs up and becomes crunchy. Then keep it aside.
2. Now add some ghee to the pan again and add wheat flour to it and keep stirring the flour over medium flame until it becomes brown. Make sure not to burn the flour.
3. Now add the fried gondh and the fried flour to a bowl and mix in all the remaining ingredients - sugar, cardamom powder, and nuts.
4. Mix everything together and crush the contents until you have a fine consistency. Don't worry about crushing the nuts. They can stay in their chopped form.
5. Now roll this mixture up into small balls. Your laddoos are ready for consumption.
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