Life is hard & boring during this lockdown period due to coronavirus spread across the globe. It affected people in every way. You can not go out and meet people or have a meal at a restaurant. You can not watch television because most channel telecasting repeat programs. If you are watching a news channel then you will be scared because they are discussing all Coronavirus related issues. So reading books, gardening & cooking are the best things to do during this situation. This year I have grown Brahmi plant in pots. It is a super beneficial plant with a lot of medicinal & nutritional values. That is why during this lockdown period these Brahmi plants became more important in life. But how?
This plant contains a lot of antioxidants. It is said that extracts of its leaf & stem improve our immunity system, helps to reduce stress & anxiety and also balance our emotional state. In my childhood, I was told that this plant helps to boost memory and helps to concentrate on study. I think almost every people in our region know that it is very beneficial. But it is bitter in taste, so most people dislike this Brahmi plant.
But apart from all, still many people love Brahmi shaker bora/pakoda (deep-fried fritters prepared with Brahmi stems & leaves) in Wst Bengal as well as Bangladesh. Such bora or pakoda is a common dish in this region. I used to dislike this pakoda too. But still, I ate it several times in my childhood. Actually I had to eat.
But during this pandemic situation, I thought that I should drink its juice instead of its pakoda. Though traditionally many people often make such drinks but again as it is bitter in taste, so it is not so popular. But I have grown plenty of Brahmi not just in pots but also in our yard garden. So I decided to prepare the Brahmi juice drink regularly. I do not know it will actually beneficial or not within a short period but I know it has no harm because I drank such juice several times in my childhood.
Brahmi juice recipe
- A handful of brahmi leaves & stems
- Handful mint/pudina leaves, optional
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice, optional
- 1.5 teaspoons honey, optional
- 3 glasses of water
- Add Brahmi & mint/pudina in a grinder and pour 1 glass of water & grind
- Now pour the mixture in a cooking boil and boil it over medium flame till it starts bubbling
- Switch off the fire and allow it to reach room temperature
- Now add lemon juice (optional) & honey (optional) and mix
- Pour another two glasses of water and mix
- Serve it
I have noticed many people actually address Indian pennywort/ Gotu kola (thankuni in Bengali) as Brahmi. But Brahmi & Indian Pennywort are two different plants.