Ginger is native to India and China. It takes its name from the Sanskrit word stringa-vera, which means “with a body like a horn”, as in antlers. It is called Adrak in Hindi.
Ginger is a very popular spice used worldwide; whether it be used to spice up meals, or as a medicine. It can be used for a variety of food or medicine items such as vegetables, candy, soda, pickles, and alcoholic beverages like Ginger beer.
Ginger is a fragrant kitchen spice. They can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger herb tea, to which honey may be added. Ginger can be made into candy or ginger wine. In India it finds its place in most dishes. Most Indian curry recipes suggest the addition of ginger garlic paste. Just grated or sliced ginger is used to spice up tea or Indian chai. Most Indians can swear by starting their day with a hot cup of adrak wali chai (Ginger Chai).
Fresh ginger can be substituted for ground ginger at a ratio of six to one, although the flavors of fresh and dried ginger are somewhat different. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, rheumatism and muscle spasms.
Recipe using Ginger – Nadru Yakhni (Kashmiri Lotus Root Stew)