The Well-Guarded Healing Recipe You Need to Know About
Yeah, you’ve probably downed your share of açai bowls and chia seed puddings, but we bet you’ve never made panjeeri, an ancient Indian recipe said to have ample healing properties. Jewelry designer and new mom Avneet Basi says her family swears by the crunchy blend of nuts ‘n seeds. “In the Punjabi culture, panjeeri (or panjiri) is a traditional postpartum food believed to help a woman's body heal internally, while promoting lactation. It’s roots are in Ayurvedic medicine,” Avneet explains. “Most families have a version that they pass down through the generations—including mine on my maternal side. My mother was kind enough to stay with us for the first two weeks of our daughter Sasha's life and bring the panjeeri. I mixed it with yogurt and oatmeal—it has the texture of granola.” Thankfully, her mom and aunties agreed to share.
½ cup puffed lotus seeds
½ cup dried melon, sunflower, and/or pumpkin seeds
¼ cup powdered carom seeds
¾ cup unsalted raw almonds, coarsely chopped
¾ cup unsalted raw pistachios, coarsely chopped
¾ cup unsalted raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups pure ghee
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup finely ground edible Arabica gum crystals
1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
½ teaspoon ground cardamom seed
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups unrefined sugar
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
Pre-soak all nuts and whole seeds in water for a couple of hours to remove any husks. This will also help the body to digest them. Remove from water and let everything air dry. Once dried, toast the mixture in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until slightly brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
Heat ghee in a large pan over medium heat, add whole wheat flour, and stir until the flour turns golden brown. Turn the heat down to low, add Arabica gum crystals, and keep stirring until crystals puff up. Next, add ginger powder, carom seed powder, fennel seed powder, and cardamom seed powder to flour mixture. Turn off heat and mix ingredients until blended well. Add all the nuts, seeds, craisins, and sugar into flour mixture. Let cool completely, and then store in air-tight container. Makes 8 cups.