By Roopa Rani Bussa
Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Mind
Ancient arts and cultures have tremendous meaning hidden in lifestyles and food. Almost every ancient person we think about was illiterates in today’s context but the way they learned science was in a different pattern or I can call it the practical way, which is the most convincing aspect even today!! Yes, I’m talking about our grandmothers and great grandmothers who had a hold on enriched recipes for doctor-free and medicine-less life. We Indians are blessed with many different spices that have medicine for any disease!! In the olden days, the scientists were our grandmothers and ultimate laboratories were their kitchens.
Having a good amount of physical activity along with healthy food made them beautiful in a unique way. I wish we will get back and continue that way of living again. I guess slowly every old method is coming back as old wine in a new bottle. I feel glad to retrieve them in our everyday lifestyle.
Grandma’s recipes were so amazing. I refer to one of the oldest recipes here Ragi Malt. It was either every day morning’s breakfast or an evening power drink. The recipe is very simple and one can either pick it up to eat in solid-state or drink in liquid form with many natural nutrients in it. Ingredients added to it are fantabulous and are best suited to eat in any climate and irrespective of age. As a good amount of physical activity was done and they consumed healthy food, I doubt if diseases like diabetes ever existed.
The tendency of the ingredients added to the recipe would have heat effect, cold effect, vata, pitta in balance to control our body. As we say anything consumed in limits balances our body mass and health too.
Ragi malt in South India was vastly consumed in olden days and as a part of health-conscious, it is used nowadays by common people or scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, etc. They are advising this very old recipe for children to build more stamina. Along with that they also advise enrolling children in any sport for a healthy lifestyle. Old methodologies are always best. The connoisseur of Ragi malt would definitely experience the profound good effect of it in the long run.
As a child, I consumed lots of Ragi malt and I’m continuing the legacy with my child too. Another form of Ragi we used to eat was popped Ragi flour with milk. Absolutely healthy and there was no botheration of putting on weight. Many such things were in practice and that’s why very rarely we used to see obesity in children during our childhood. Under no pressure from anywhere, we used to be so playful. Not introduced to junk which is causing unanimous harm to the health of every individual these days, we had a different yet healthy eating habit.
Many times I feel our childhood experiences have been very beautiful. No exposure to unwanted things, always relying on physical activity and good healthy food. Numerous recipes of our grandmothers are absolutely miraculous if we go through the procedure and ingredients meticulously.
For a vegetarian, the protein they consume is not sufficient enough to pull up the day-to-day needs. Even though our grandmas were illiterates they were so thoughtful to know that grains contain proteins and they innovatively discovered recipes like Ragi malt for maintaining good health and lively spirit.
I’m blessed to have grown up with my grandparents around me and I have followed some old recipes. I feel every mother should switch over to the regional old grandma’s recipes for healthy lives, as we see that due to the lack of immunity or exercises, people are prone to many diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, etc.
I hope everyone would try Ragi Malt and continue consuming with the whole family which has an impeccable effect in the long run for a healthy lifestyle and may keep one away from slowly poisoned diseases.
About Roopa Rani Bussa
Roopa Rani Bussa is a homemaker living in California and is a nature lover, the beholder of positive power, a believer of social services, a Passionate teacher and a well organized passionate writer.
The journey of writing began two years ago and she considers it an honor to carry forward the legacy of her father.
She writes quotes and poetry in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi English, and Urdu.