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7 Indian Ingredients That Are Now Widespread In The West

Indians are going global. Things like wearing a bindi, wearing a lehenga, doing yoga to wearing a maang tika which westerners have named forehead chandelier have gone global along with Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. So, it should not come as a surprise that our food has now also reached the corners of the world. Here are a few food items that have gone global

1) Ghee

Ghee, the one ingredient that makes everything taste better. Ghee is also famous for being that one thing that our parents will keep us away from as it is famous for it’s saturated fat. But now, ghee has been made famous for being a ‘sattvic’ food ingredient which means it is full of ‘prana’ or life force. Ghee is mostly used as a substitute for butter and oil. Its also good for those who are lactose intolerant. Ghee is also known to improve metabolism.

2) Jackfruit

As jackfruit is a drought resistant tree and can be grown easily, it has been doing it’s rounds in the global market. It also resembles meat when cooked and so is very new vegan’s paradise. It’s also seen as a fruit that can one day end hunger and be the substitute for wheat, rice and corn as it is diabetes friendly, rich in vitamins, fiber, protein, calcium, iron and is free of fats and bad cholesterol.

3) Turmeric

Turmeric is the boroline of every health issue in India. It’s also used in almost every Indian dish. Turmeric has been being exported to across the world since the middle ages as an exotic Indian spice that could protect meat from rotting in the absence of the modern fridge. Golden milk and Starbuck’s Haldi latte now is a common household name in the west.

4) Castor Oil

Castor oil is used in cosmetics and soaps for its anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties. It relieves muscle cramps and cures skin infections. It is also used for treating hair problems. A minuscule portion of it is recommended in shakes and smoothies for good bowel movement.

5) Coconut

Coconut milk is recommended by doctors as natural moisturizer, weight loss ingredient in your morning coffee, hair serum and an anti-ageing cream.  It is also used as a substitute for butter and toothpaste! Coconut meat is used as a substitute for milk, cream and cheese and is a major ingredient in vegan ice cream and health smoothies.

6) Chickoo or Sapota/Sapodilla

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It is popularly used in smoothies, ice creams, cakes, jams, pies and fruit salads. It is also used as a laxative and helps in relieving gastric irritations and increases metabolism.

7) Moringa/Drumsticks

This common Indian vegetable has found its way into western dishes. “With 17 times as much calcium as milk, 12 times the vitamin C of an orange, 25 times as much iron as spinach”, as quoted by Dr. Mercola as Jackfruit. It is also said to be able to cure some types of cancer and helps control cholestrol.

I think the West is moving more towards the east as we are moving more towards the west.

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