Spice Garden: Jeerakam (Cumin)

By admin - July 5th, 2014

Spice Garden: Jeerakam (Cumin)

Written By: Kayalvizhi J.

Welcome to Spice Garden! Love Tamil food? Me too. I’ve always been attracted to the aromas, fragrance and textures of spices, the way the flavours just blend and intertwine and the way we serve our food and by the repertoire of herbs and spices we use for healing.

Last time we looked at the spice, milagu. Today we will be looking at jeerakam (cumin).

Quick Benefits:
- Heals skin rashes
- Beneficial to heart and digestive system
- Increase lactation for breastfeeding women
- Treats insomnia and induces sleep
- Heals mouth ulcers

Cumin seeds are used in Tamil foods whole or ground, and is a main ingredient in many curry dishes. Although small, these seeds pack intense flavor and have a peppery taste. The flavor and aroma of cumin seeds are best brought out when they are slightly roasted. They have a variety of benefits as listed above.

One way to enjoy the benefits of cumin is through cumin tea.

Cumin tea
Cumin tea aids in reducing body aches and acts as a natural sleep aid. This is especially useful for those who have trouble falling asleep. Since cumin also has antiseptic properties, it is effective in treating colds and fevers, and this tea can be taken during those times of sickness.

To make cumin tea, you need 2 teaspoons of coarsely pounded cumin and 1 cup of water. Boil the water, and add it to the cumin seeds and let this steep for 5minutes. Strain the liquid and drink it. (Yes, the taste isn’t the best, but this is beneficial!).

Is there a particular spice you want to learn more about? Leave a comment and I’ll try to include it in the coming weeks. Until next time, enjoy your tea! =)

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides general infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.



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Spice Garden: Milagu (Black Peppercorns)

By admin - June 10th, 2014

Spice Garden: Milagu (Black Peppercorns)

Written By: Kayalvizhi J.

Welcome to Spice Garden! Love Tamil food? Me too. I’ve always been attracted to the aromas, fragrance and textures of spices, the way the flavours just blend and intertwine and the way we serve our food and by the repertoire of herbs and spices we use for healing. Our cooking is not only tasty, but beneficial for the body. The levels of obesity and disease in all communities is increasing, but we can prevent this by adopting more of our ancient healing into our cooking. Your grandma and mom have a good knowledge of home remedies and recipes made with a variety of herbs and spices to promote healing and maintain good health. And we, the younger Tamil youth should also become knowledgeable about these things, and this blog is an attempt to impart some knowledge about Tamil spices, herbs and recipes.

While I may be biased saying Tamil cuisine is the tastiest in the world, the world has also noticed. Tamil cooking has been praised all around the world, and Tamil cooking influences can be seen in other cuisines, and in the English language. For example, the English word ‘Curry’ is derived from the Tamil word, Kari, ‘Mango’ from Maangai, ‘Conjee’ from Kanji, Ginger from Inchiver. Tamil Sangam literature and epigraphs chiseled in walls of ancient Tamil temples have also recorded information about the benefits and preparations of Tamil herbs and spices.

Today we will be looking at the spice, milagu also known as yavanappiriyam (black peppercorns).

Quick Benefits:

- Digestion
- Aroma
- Appetite Stimulant
- Cough and Cold Fighter
- Constipation Fighter

If you’ve had Tamil food, it is likely it would have had some black pepper corns in it. Peppercorns are added to many savoury dishes, especially to meat and chicken. Black pepper helps in digestion and its aromatic flavour helps flavour in meat and poulty dishes while helping masking ‘meaty’ smells (especially when mixed with garlic). Pepper is ground when used in dishes. Pepper is also used in home medicine to treat coughs, colds, fevers, asthma and constipation. A mixture of salt and pepper with caraway leaves used as a gargle can help fight cough.

In many cultures, you may have notices certain soups are eaten as appetizers before means to increase appetite. In Tamil cuisine, rasam acts as the appetite stimulant and includes black peppercorns. Rasam can be consumed at different periods in a meal; eating rasam before meals is to induce appetite, while eating it after is to promote digestion. It is the pepper in the rasam that contributes to both these benefits.

So next time you are making a meat dish, try to sprinkle some peppercorns into it.



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Live Streaming of Tamileelam F.A.’s games at ConIFA World Football Cup 2014

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Tamileelam F.A. participates in ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden

By admin - May 30th, 2014

Tamileelam F.A. participates in ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden

Tamileelam F.A participates in the ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden.

Check out the team!

Umaesh Sundaralingam- Canada
Hariendran Selvananthan- United Kingdom
Sivaruban Sathiyamoorthy- Germany
Kathiravan Uthayanan- United Kingdom
Prashanth Ragvan- France
Mayuran Gnanasegaram- Germany
Prasanth Vigneswararajah- Canada
Kevin Nagendra- United Kingdom
Mohammed Naseer- France
Christman Gunasingham- Italy
Menan Nagulendran- Canada
Gvinthan Navaneethakrishnan- Germany
Mathanraj Uthayanan- United Kingdom
Rounsan Vallipuram- France
Arison Rajasingam- Canada
Gajendran Balamurali- Germany
Mayooran Celliah- France

Medical Staff Theepan Thurais- France
Assistant Coach Hariesh Pavalaghanthan- Canada
Media Coordinator Apeeram Aru Balasingam- Canada
Head Coach Ragesh Nambiar- United Kingdom

Go Team Tamileelam!



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