Leha is herbal jam / granule known by varied names based on the type of cooking (through steam or by frying in oil/ghee). This is a very good option as jam for kids to keep them healthy using all natural ingredients with good taste and lifestyle.
Ingredients Quantity of Herbal Jam
- Mahua, Madhuka ﬂowers (Madhuka indica) – 80 gm
- Dates – 80 gm
- Raw banana – 80 gm
- Green gram – 80 gm
- Sugar candy – 700 gm
- Bay leaf, (Cinnamomum tamala)- 6 gm
- Cinnamon – 6 gm
- Pippali (long pepper), (Piper longum) 2 gm
- Cardamom – 2 gm
- Honey – 10 ml
- Ragi/arrow root powder (optional) 1 to 2 tea spoons
Total quantity: 400 gm
Also read : The Healthy AMLA SQUASH
Method of preparation of Herbal jam
Steam cook seedless dates and banana, then grind it into thick paste, sauté it in ghee, add sugar candy syrup into it and stirwell. When it becomes thick, add cardamom powder etc. into it. Add honey when it becomes cool. It can be dried and powdered with ragi (pearl millet) / arrow root powder.
Health beneﬁts of Herbal Jam
It is a good pediatric food comprised of carbohydrates, easily digestible proteins and minerals, but to be given in small quantities only. Mahua ﬂowers have been traditionally used as cooling agent, tonic, aphrodisiac and analgesic.
Mahua ﬂower helps in augmentation of breast milk. It has antihelmintic properties and also beneﬁcial in acute and chronic tonsillitis, pharyngitis as well as bronchitis.
Ref – TRADITIONAL FOOD RECIPES from AYUSH SYSTEMS of MEDICINE