Originally Posted by nozzlering
One thing I noted in Waynad. Whichever restaurant/ dhaba I went, they served some red colored warm drink instead of water. They said its herbal water. Any specific reason for this? Guys from Kerala, kindly let us know..
At first sight I thought people drinking beer
. Things were clear when my family too was served the same thing.
Originally Posted by Highway Ranger
Jeera/ dried ginger, I am aware. Herbal powder is new to me.
This herbal powder is called Dahashamani.
It is a mix of herbs and these herbs have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory properties and can actually protect against water borne dieseases.
Ingradients may vary some time but the main ones are Karingali (acacia catechu), Pathimukham (Sapanwood) etc.
Karingali is used to treat soar throat and diarrhea.
Pathimukham is Diuretic, anti-oxidative, thirst quenching, anti-bacterial and has tonic properties.
It is also blood purifying and is a good drink for persons with diabetes.
It cures jaundice, cough, respiratory problems, etc.
It also produces a valued type of reddish dye called brazilin, used for dyeing fabric as well as making red paints and inks