Thursday, April 27, 2017

Variyali Sherbet / Fennel Sherbet

Days are getting hotter and we are literally being roasted by the rays of sun. We have lot of native Indian Coolers that are made with the common ingredients that are available in kitchen to cool our system naturally. Most of the recipes are almost forgotten and rarely made these days due to modernization and because of the domination of the Fizzy carbonated drinks. The main aim of my cooler series is to dig out those treasured recipes of us and share their enormous benefits. This is one such traditional cooler native of Gujarat made of Fennel Seeds and Dried Black Raisins - Variyali Sherbet 

Fennel Seeds - English
Perunjeerakam / Sombu - Tamizh 
Saunf - Hindi 

  • Fennel is a symbol of strength and longevity. It was also believed by ancient Greeks to increase one’s courage.
  • It is rich in anti oxidants which is proven to be effective against degenerative diseases like Macular Degeneration of the eyes (Age Related Degeneration of Macular Tissues of Eyes)
  • It has good amount of dietary fibre and thus aids in better digestion and Fiber present in fennel seeds decreases re absorption of cholesterol, thereby preventing any heart-related diseases.
  • It has been proven to be effective against Cancer and neurological diseases.
  • Fennel Juice is a highly nutritional beverage. It is rich in vitamin A, B, C, E, and beta-carotene. It is loaded with minerals like magnesium, iron, cobalt, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, silicon, and zinc. It also has high levels of antioxidants, carotenoids, and flavonoids. The high levels of antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage.
  • Copper which helps in production of Red Blood Cells.
  • The presence of zinc helps in proper growth and development. 
  • It eases Menstrual cramps and also effective against Pre Menstrual and Post MenoPause problems 
  • It increases milk production in lactating mothers. 
  • It has lot of antiseptic properties and is proven to be effective against Tetanus and treating post surgical infections.
  • Iron and Histamine presence acts as a natural remedy for anemia.
  • It reduces acidity and boosts immunity. Very effective in treating Respiratory Disorders like Bronchitis. 
  • Fennel has certain antispasmodic qualities which also help it relax smooth muscles and reduce the discomfort associated with Renal Colic.
Black Raisins is also loaded with enormous health benefits and to list a few., 

  • Dry grapes contain insoluble fiber that reduces constipation, helps to stop loose stools and reduces diarrhea.
  • Dried Black grapes have glycemic index values that range from around 43 to 53 and so they are listed as low GI foods.
  • The consumption of grapes also reduces and regulates cholesterol levels.
  • Dry grapes are a rich source of iron that helps to treat anaemia. It also has Vitamin-B complex which is required for new blood formation. This also has good copper content that is essential for red blood cells formation.
  • Higher the flavonoid content, the darker and juicier the quality of the grapes. Correspondingly, black grapes are believed to be the healthiest.(hence used Black Grapes in this recipe)
  • Grape skins, grape seeds and grape flesh, all have high concentrations of this phytonutrient. Resveratrol –  is one of several grape phytonutrients that is believed to affect longevity, because of its effect in slowing oxidization of cells and molecules, a property that also offers protection against degenerative conditions like cancer. 
  • Quercitin is another phytonutrient present in grapes that is proven to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research shows that this property could lower the risks of developing a blood clot.
Here you go for the naturally cooling and refreshing Variyali Sherbet recipe. 






Have a Cool Week Ahead :) 




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