And more than just a gratuitous Game of Thrones reference, winter is quickly approaching, bringing with it an assortment of bugs, colds, sniffles, chills, aches, and the flu. Whenever I feel run-down, or when any sickness is trying to burrow into me, I make a pot of this spicy soup to cure what ails me!
While this is not a classical Ayurvedic recipe, the spices used will stoke the agni (digestive fire) in anyone! While I'm not a medical doctor, I often use this as a way to knock out the myriad of nasty bugs that will try to slow me down in the winter months!
It is spicy, sour, and sweet. And you can turn the temperature up (or down!) by adjusting the amount of ginger and chilies. Play with the recipe, make it your own, and share your interpretations of it here!
6 cups Water
1 Head of garlic
¾ cups Ground ginger
3 Turmeric roots (or 1 tsp turmeric powder)
4 tbsp Raw Sugar
4 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
4 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 tbsp Tamarind paste
1 tsp or more of Chile flakes
Cooked rice or rice noodles
In a food processor, combine ginger, garlic, turmeric and chilies. Process into a paste. (If you have no food processor simply use a box grater.)
In a frying pan add vegetable oil and add paste. Stir continuously for about 5 to 10 minutes (until all liquids are released and the paste becomes more golden in color). Be sure to cook this mixture thoroughly, otherwise the ginger will leave a bitter flavor in the broth.
Add Braggs Amino Acids and continue to stir until the liquid has been absorbed.
Add water and bring to a rolling boil.
Add sugar and tamarind paste. Again bring to a boil.
Add vinegar and strain out the ginger/garlic/tamarind/chili solids – or, for more spice, leave those solids!
Serve over rice or rice noodles and Enjoy!