Kathiri Veyil/Agni Nakshatram/Peak summer season has started from today and all of us have fallen victims to the rays of Sun.To beat the heat and prevent ourselves from the ill effects of summer,it is essential to include more seasonal foods/coolants in our diet.One such excellent coolant is NUNGU.This is from Palm tree and it widely present and easily available in southern parts of India. For those who would like to see the complete image of NUNGU please find them below. On cutting you get a lychee like fruit.This can be consumed as such whereas few remove the white skin and eat the jelly like substance alone.This skin is very good for curing stomach disorders. It is otherwise called palmyra palm or ice apple or toddy palm or tadgola,taal/taad(Hindi,Marathi),Karimpana(Malayalam),Tatichettu/Thatti Munjalu(Telugu),Olegari/Thatti Nungu(Kannada).Few places refer this as palm fruit but as per my knowledge palm fruit is still a ripened version of this and it is called panam pazham in tamil.This is available till august whereas the by products like palm candy,palm sugar,palm jaggery are available all through the year.It has excellent medicinal properties.Ice apple has a perfect blend of all minerals and the best coolant for summer season.It is rich in Vitamin A,B,C,Iron,Potassium,Phosphorous and zinc. It keeps your body hydrated.It helps to get relief from constipation and fatigue. It prevents from heat stroke,pimples,prickly heat etc.It has few phytochemicals which inhibit growth of malignancy in breast.It is an excellent energy booster.
Sugar/Palm Sugar-2 tbsp(Optional)
1.Peel the skin and add the nungu pieces to the mixer jar.
2.Blend it smooth.
3.Add half of water and blend again.
4.Add the remaining water(if required) and blend.
5.Serve it immediately.
Adding sugar is optional.I didn’t add.
Add water depending on the nungu type.Tender ones are usually juicy.
Don’t store it and have.It tends to thicken.
You can add some milk and make as milkshake too.
You can serve it chilled by blending with few ice cubes.
Always have a word with your pediatrician before offering any new food to your baby
For babies below one year avoid adding sugar.
This juice can be given to babies above one year and for babies below one year,scoop the pulp and offer as such and reduce the water in this recipe.
Offering more juices to babies less than one year might lead to replacement of breastfeed/formula feed. To know more in detail about offering juices to babies please read here.
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