Ajwain - Botanical name: Trachyspermum ammi L (family: Umbelliferae)
ajwainAjwain originated in the Middle East, possibly in Egypt and the Indian subcontinent, but also in Iran and Afghanistan. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in berbere, a spice mixture favored in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Trachyspermum ammi, commonly known as ajowan, bishop’s weed, ajwain, ajowan caraway, carom seeds, or thymol seeds, is a plant of India and the Near East whose seeds are used as a spice.

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Recipe

Potli Samosa

samosaIngredients:
200 gms Maida/Wheat Flour
60 gms Ghee/Clarified Butter
1tsp Ajwain
1tsp Cumin (zeera) Seeds
1tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds
2 Green Chilies, Chopped
5 gms Ginger, Chopped
20 gms Green Peas, Chopped
1tsp Chili Powder
2tsp Turmeric Powder
100 gms Potato, Boiled, Peeled
Chopped Coriander For Garnishing
Chat Masala/Indian Tangy Spice Mix
Oil For Deep Frying
Salt To Taste
Chutney/Sauce

Method:

  • Mix maida, half the ghee, salt, ajwain and enough water to make soft dough.
  • Heat remaining ghee and splutter cumin. Add coriander seeds, green chilies, ginger and green peas.
  • Sauté for two minutes and add Chili Powder, chat masala and turmeric powder.
    Mix & add potato. Add coriander. Mix well. Divide dough into lemon sized balls.
    Roll out each ball into small discs. Place a portion of the stuffing in center of the disc.
  • Bring together the edges and tie it up with strips of dough to make a pouch.
    Deep fry till golden.
  • Drain and serve with chutney/sauce.
Home Remedies
  • Heartache: Take 1 tbsp ajwain with hot water. This stimulates the heart and relieves heartache.
  • Earache: Putting one two drops of ajwain oil relieves earache.
  • Blocked Nose: Add 1 tbsp of Ajwain to a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam. This helps in relieving nasal congetion.
  • Rheumatic pain: Ajwain oil must be applied on affected part of body.
  • Influenza: Take boiled water with 3 gm ajwain seeds and 3 gm cinnamon bark for 3 days-thrice a day. This cures influenza
  • Toothache: Give smoke to the aching tooth by burning ajwain seeds. After 1 or 2 hours, gargle with lukewarm water prepared by boiling 1 tsp. ground ajwain with (little salt).
  • Diarrhoea and dysentry: As a cure for diarrhoea and dysentry, boil a cup of water with 1 tbsp of Ajwain till the water is reduced to half its original volume. Drink this water.
  • In Sprains :- Make a paste of Ajwain, Salt and Turmeric in gingelly oil and apply it on the sprained area along with some wheat flour as paste.

Medicinal Value

ajwainvalueAjwain seeds have long been used in traditional ayurvedic and unani medicines for various ailments. Extraction obtained from this spice sometimes used as carminative in treating flatulence and indigestion.

Ajwain is extremely beneficial for stomach related and such other ailments. Obtained through erect branched annual bi-pinnate herb, having white flowers and oval fruits, Ajwain is essentially thermogenic, antispasmodic, stimulant, digestive, carminative and anthelmintic. It’s botanical name is Carum Roxburghianumin. In Sanskrit, it is called as Ajamoda. It has an oil in its flower, known as Thaimol. Ajwain in all forms is very beneficial in dental problems, enlargement of spleen, abdominal ailments etc.

Thymol’s germicide and antiseptic properties utilized in many cough remedies. In India, the seeds are used to ease asthma.

Ajwain seed oil has highest percentage of thymol.

ajwainvalue2In Abdominal Ailments :- Take Ajwain – 4 gm, Black Salt – 4 gm, Tulsi (Indian Basil) Leaves – 2 gm, Hing (Compounded Asafoetida) – ½ gm. Mix them well. Take one dose of this, thrice a day. It is very beneficial in all types of abdominal ailments including Gastric trouble, Stomachache, Dyspepsia, Flatulence etc. Patient should consume substantial quantity of Curd and milk in his diet, alongwith Lavan Bhaskar Churna or Jeera (Cumin).

In Stomachache, among Infants :- Heat Ajwain with little bit of sugar. Keep it in a small earthern pot, mix water, then cleanse the solution with the help of a cloth. Administer to the infant, drops of this solution with the help of cotton. It will help in digesting mother’s milk and the infant will remain healthy. However, adults can be given Ajwain powder – 2 gm and Sindhava Namak (Rock Salt) – 2 gm, at intervals as per requirement. The quantity can be increased according to the seriousness of the problem.