Ginger is nothing short of super-spice. This miraculous little stem possesses medicinal properties that heal and preserve as well as flavour countless preparations. Whether it’s a little ginger in your tea for a richer flavour or some of its juice taken with honey, ginger has been used by Indians since time immemorial.
- Before peeling, always wash your ginger to get rid of unwanted dirt and debris.
- Technique 1: You can peel the ginger effortlessly using a vegetable peeler. This method is much easier than using a knife which can cause you to lose too much flesh.
- Technique 2: Some ginger stems can be young enough that their skin will come off easily even with a spoon.
- The simplest thing you can do is to simply cut up your ginger roughly in any shape. These chunks of ginger are perfect for flavouring dal, soup, stew and to grind into a paste.
- Ginger juliennes are very common in cooking, especially in Indian cuisine.
- Cut the ginger stem into round slices.
- Stack these slices together and then cut firmly across them to get matchstick like strips known as juliennes.
- When cooked, these tend to be easier on the tastebuds than the large chunky pieces.
- Once you have cut juliennes you can easily mince your ginger by stacking the juliennes in a bunch and cutting across them to get a fine chop.
- The finely chopped variety is perfect to use in any preparation as it will not be seen and works best to lend flavour to your dish.
- Grating is mincing for the lazy, which is just as well since it is extremely easy.
- Hold the ginger against a small holed or microplane grater and grate it firmly.
- Freezing the ginger stem makes it even easier to grate.
- Ginger is helpful in soothing gastric problems.
- Maintaining a healthy intake of ginger helps control diabetes and cholesterol.
- Ginger is known for treating nausea and is a recommended natural remedy for morning sickness.
- Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce arthritis aches and other painful ailments.