Badam Pisin Health Benefits and Recipes | Almond Gum | Badam Gondh

Badam Pisin Health Benefits and Recipes | Almond Gum | Badam Gondh Uses and Health Benefits:

Badam Pisin is not quite popularly used in Tamil Nadu and I do not know the actual reason. The limited recipes might be the reason for its less usage in our diet. Although Jigardanda is quite popular in Tamil Nadu, not many people know the fact that Badam Pisin is used in making Jigardanda. 

Almond Gum is called as Badam Pisin in Tamil Nadu. Though it is not widely seen in grocery stores, you might have seen it when you had your Jigardanda. Many people just do not know that. 


Almond Gum Or Badam Pisin is the gum from Badam tree. It’s used in Jigardanda and rose milk, the one that looks like dried glue. It will have a glassy texture after soaking for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight.


Our grandmothers greatly relied on home remedies and used natural ingredients to treat common ailments. We should never forget the Tamil phrase “Unavey Marundhu” (Food is Medicine). Everyday meal plan included dhals for proteins, rice for carbohydrates, spinach for Iron, vegetables for nutrition, curd and milk for calcium, garlic for its medicinal properties and so on in older days. We have altered the meal plan to our convenience, cutting out the everyday nutrition requirement to a meagre minimum. One such ingredient is Almond gum, Badam pisin in Tamil and Badaam Gondh in Hindi.

In a country like India, where the summers are too hot to bear, we search for things that can help cool our body. Instead of turning to refrigerated cool drinks which are just empty calories and does not actually cool your body. Did you know that Badam pisin otherwise known as Badam gum has great cooling properties? It is a natural coolant and has jelly like properties that gives good texture and taste to your drink.

What is Badam Pisin?


Badam Pisin Health Benefits and recipes



Badam Pisin or Almond Gum is natural edible gum obtained from the sweet almond tree bark. Its scientific name is Prunus amygdalus and is different from the Indian almond tree (Scientific name: Terminalia Catappa). I t is related to the peach, apricot, plum, cherry and rose family and is believed to have its origins in the Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey and Syria. The species were in use from 3,000 BC and was spread around the world by explorers and conquerors. It has emulsifying, adhesive, thickening, glazing and stabilizing properties. The gum is the byproduct of the metabolic mechanism of the tree, easily solvable in viscous and water solutions. Badam Pisin is either white or brown in color and is found in the shape of small rocks. It can be dissolved in water and is used in making jellies.



Badam Pisin Uses Health Benefits and recipes Almond Gum


Badam Pisin Health Benefits and Other Uses:

  • It is edible coating on cherries and just 10% is enough to increase the shelf life of the cherries for up to 15 days when stored at 2 C.
  • We already know that it has great cooling properties and is suitable for people with excessive body heat.
  • It helps calm the stomach burns, treats ulcers and reduces the burning sensation in the stomach.
  • It is a good cure for people suffering from diaherra.
  • It is known for its cholesterol lowering properties.
  • In North India, Gondh Laddus are famous for its health benefits. It is given to pregnant women for its nutritional and cooling properties. It strengthens the bone and increases body strength.
  • It can be used in deserts and beverages after a spicy meal to prevent acidity and stomach burns.
  • Being a natural gum, it is free of artificial colors and preservatives. It is therefore ideal for consumption by children.
  • It can be used in preparing ice creams and jelly’s for children.
  • It is used in uncoated tablets and is found to have increased drug release property.
  • Since it is a natural gum, it is inexpensive and safe to use.
  • When consumed regularly, it helps gain weight. Add badam pisin with milk and drink to see visible result in weight gain.
  • Due to its weight increasing property, it is also used by weight lifters.


Approximate Price of Badam Pisin or Almond Gum: 110 INR for 100 grams.



Badam Pisin Recipes:

Badam Pisin Milk Recipe:

Ingredients:


Badam Pisin – 1 piece

Milk – 150 ml

Sugar – 1 tsp

Water – 100 ml cup

Elachi powder – a pinch(optional) 

How to make Badam Pisin Milk?

  • Soak the Badam pisin overnight in 100 ml water.
  • Next morning, take 3 tbsp of the soaked badam pisin and mix with milk. Add sugar and elachi powder for better taste.
  • Mix well and consume.
  • Badam Pisin has natural sugars. Hence, you have to add sugar accordingly.

Jigardhanda Recipe:

Ingredients: 

Badam pisin – 1 piece
Milk – 150 ml
Nanari sarbat – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 2 tsp
Vanilla ice cream – 1 scoop
Water – 100 ml

How to make Jigarthanda with Badam Pisin?

  • Soak the Badam pisin overnight in 100 ml water.
  • Bring the milk to boil and let it reduce to half.
  • Add the sugar and mix well. Let it cool to room temperature and refrigerate it.
  • Take a tall glass, add 1 or 2 tbsp of Badam pisin.
  • Top it with 1 tbsp of nannari sarbat and fill the glass with milk.
  • Do not full to the brim as you will need space for the ice cream.
  • Add ice cream just before serving.

Badam Pisin Rose Milk Recipe:

Ingredients:

Badam Pisin – 1 piece
Milk – 150 ml
Sugar – 1 tsp
Water – 100 ml cup
Rose Essence  - 2 drops or as required

You can also use any other flavored syrups of your choice.

How to make Badam Pisin Rose Milk?

  • Soak the Badam pisin overnight in 100 ml water.
  • Next morning, take 3 tbsp of the soaked badam pisin and mix with milk. Add sugar and rose essence.
  • Mix well and consume.
  • Badam Pisin has natural sugars. Hence, you have to add sugar accordingly.

Hope you liked the health benefits of Badam Pisin and some interesting Badam Pisin Recipes. 


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