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.


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