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The more things change, the more they remain the same. This phrase was coined by French writer Jean- Baptiste Alphonse Karr, in a rather sarcastic way. But if we look around us, we find that many things our grandmothers and great grandmothers were doing , the home remedies which they churned out every

time we had a tummy ache or tooth ache are being used in modern times. Now in these days of Lockdown, everyone is worried about how to increase their immunity to keep the Corona Virus at bay or how to detox their bodies. Here we have Recipes by two of our SJK Pink Sisters, one from a bygone era giving the age-old Recipes for Kadha - Aarthi V. Karanam’s Great-grandmother’s Recipe which is widely used to this day and Calcium Shots by Alpana Shah.


Do try them out and we hope they will be beneficial for you.

I. Here is Aarthi V. Karanam sharing some of her Great-Grandmother’s Recipes with you.


Every time the skies thunder and the heavens open up to shower rains that cleanse away dust,

grime and sins, I invariably remember the laughing wrinkled face of my great grandmother! Come the monsoons and she used to look and smell like the medicine man of yore with her ‘potlis’ of different herbs and the way she used to administer different concoctions.


She seemed to have a remedy for every malady!

The morning used to begin with the Ginger Kadha on an empty stomach.



Adrak/Ginger – 1 inch

Fresh haldi/turmeric– ¼ inch

Ajwain seeds - ¼ tsp

Ground Pepper – a pinch

Water 2 Cups


Boil water and drop in all the ingredients.

Cover. Switch off the gas when half of the liquid has evaporated.

Ladle in small tumblers and drink on an empty stomach. 

Add a few fresh Tulsi leaves and if required, jaggery powder to enhance taste for small kids. 

Drink this and observe how this builds up little appetites and revs up your digestive system!

Another recipe from her bag of magic, especially now in the wake of Covid-19 is a homemade

equivalent to store bought Chyawanprash; a real God send that can be had in the morning by

the entire family for better immunity.

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Aarthi V. Karanam - Adrak (Ginger Kadha)

Calcium Shot ​by Alpana Shah


Serves 1 person 

1. 1 teaspoon sesame seeds washed, soaked overnight and drained 

2. 2/3 dates washed and soaked for 2/3 hours

3. 3/5 almonds washed and soaked overnight, washed and deskinned 

Method : 

Put all the ingredients in a blender and add some water , blend into a fine paste , now again add water to get required consistency.  Add little water at a time.  

When to consume:

Take preferably on an empty stomach or at evening snack time 

Nutritional Value 

  • High in calcium

  • Rich in fibre 

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