Ginger Pickle

Ginger pickle is a very popular pickle recipe from the land of Andhra Pradesh and is commonly made and eaten during winters. When consumed in moderation, this pickle can be very healthy and keeps one warm in the cold winters. Firstly, peel and grate the ginger as well as the jaggery. The next prep step is to add water to the tamarind until it becomes soft. Next, fry the grated ginger in a Kadhai with heated oil till it takes on a light brown colour. Then, the tamarind pulp, salt, chilli powder, jaggery, turmeric, ginger and garlic are to be ground together into a fine thick paste without adding any water. Peel and grate the ginger, and also grate jaggery. Add water to tamarind and boil it till tamarind becomes soft. In a pan with heated oil, add urad dal, chana dal and mustard seeds to it and when the mustard seeds splutter, add the ground paste and fry it for 30 seconds. Voila! Your ginger pickle is ready to be eaten with rice, dosas and idlis.

Also known as gari, this garnish is sweet, spicy and often served as a palate cleanser. Ginger, or Zingiber officinale, is a root that's native to Asia. For thousands of years, it has been used in traditional medicine and cooking. Pickled ginger, which is steeped in vinegar and spices, has a variety of nutritional benefits.

Low in Calories
One health benefit of pickled ginger is its low calorie content. Two tablespoons, or 28 grams, has just 20 calories. Additionally, because pickled ginger has a strong flavor, you don’t need much to enjoy it – so eating this garnish won’t pile on the calories too quickly.

Not a Bit of Fat
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, pickled ginger has 0 grams of total fat. It is also free of saturated fat, an unhealthy fat that should make up not more than 5 to 6 percent of your daily caloric intake. A diet high in saturated fat can increase your blood cholesterol levels.

No Added Sugar
Pickled ginger also has 0 grams of added sugar, so it won’t contribute unnecessary calories. Women shouldn't consume more than 24 grams of added sugar each day, and men need no more than 36 grams. This is equivalent to 6 and 9 teaspoons, respectively. Because added sugar offers nothing but extra calories, eating too much can lead to weight gain.

Proven Health Benefits of Ginger

  • Contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties. ...
  • Ginger can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness. ...
  • Ginger may reduce muscle pain and soreness. ...
  • The anti-inflammatory effects can help with osteoarthritis. ...
  • Ginger may drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors.