Health Benefits of Kadukkai

Kadukkai or Haritaki is an amazing herb that should be used in our daily life. It is very extensively used in the preparation of many ayurvedic medicines. It is one of the three ingredients which make Triphala. It is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders and is used in the preparation of Kayakalpa which induces appetite.

Kadukkai powder when used for brushing teeth stops bleeding of gums. It strengthens the gums and cures all gum diseases. It can be just kept inside the mouth for some time to get relief from tooth pain.

It is a natural laxative that helps in constipation. Kadukkai dipped in honey is an easy and healthy way of including this herb in our diet. You can buy this online at:

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A Mouthful of Curd!

Mechnikov, a Russian zoologist, best known for his pioneering research in immunology, showed that eating curd is very healthy, since it introduces helpful bacteria like lactobacillus, and bifidia. He called fermented milk a food that contains organisms which help the host body digest food, gain immunity and lengthen life. For this path- breaking discovery, Mechnikov shared the Nobel Prize in 1908.

Molecules in curd, produced by microbial digestion of milk, such as lactic and other related ones help us in our growth, even as these microbes feed on the products that we make.

When we eat cereals and lentils (rice, wheat, barley, various grams and lentils), we do not digest all their contents. Some indigestible starch remains. It is these that our gut microbes feast and forage on. And what they produce upon metabolizing this resistant starch is useful for us.

We have come to realize that the human gut (gastro-intestinal or GI tract) is teeming with microbes. This number is at least 10 times more than the total number of cells that our own body has! In other words, 90 per cent of the total cells contained in each of us are actually bacterial cells – 500 different varieties of them living in a stable, nutrient- rich medium.

Curd helps in digestion and absorbing nutrients from other foods. It helps strengthen the immune system.

It helps reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.

Curd is especially helpful for those who are lactose intolerant.

Curd is rich in phosphorus and calcium and hence helps get strong bones and teeth. It also prevents osteoporosis.

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Manipur Pottery

Available at Dhanyam / Yaksha Neelankarai & Adyar.

New arrivals at Yaksha ~ Manipur pottery!
Around 100 models available.
No. 13, First Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 20
Phone: 044 24425010 / 9159808169

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The Authenticity of Organic Products

Sesame Oil & more…

Namaskaram All! Would like to share with you a few thoughts on the purity of the agricultural commodities (fruits, vegetables & groceries) that are available in the market. Its important that all of us keep a watch on these because it has a direct impact on our lives. The unscruplous commercialisation of farming and the farm to fork supply chain has resulted in rather harmful effects on the end products. Buying a pure agri product, in today’s world is no more simple.
Take the case of edible oils – even a product labelled as “coconut oil” may have other oils to a “legally accepted limit”. Also the oils manufactured in commercial oil mills are heated to a very high degree completely denaturing the natural nutrients and making the oils unhealthy.
Most of the sesame oil (Gingelly oil, Nalla ennai) available in the market is adulterated with palm oil or other cheaper oils. Even the 100% pure sesame oil, has a high amount of molasses. For production of sesame oil, traditionally jaggery (sugarcane or palm) has been used for ages – this gives the distinct aroma, flavour and the nutrition due to which this oil has been celebrated as “nalla ennai” – the good oil. But due to compulsions of trade and pure dishonesty, most traders have replaced jaggery with molasses. Molasses which is a by product of white sugar production is toxic because it has a high amount of sulphur. Also, its quite cheap at Rs. 5-6 per kg. Adding to the mischief in the ingredients, many oil millers, (even those who operate traditional wooden mills) use high heat to filter the produce. Normally after extraction, the oil needs to be kept for a week for settling it. That’s too much for today’s traders – they would rather heat it again and filter it in which case its faster and happens in a couple of hours. The effect of all these is borne by the unsuspecting customer.
Most customers are blissfully unaware of these issues. Those who are aware tend to be confused — you have to check if its organic, if its cold pressed, if its not adulterated and if there were no short cuts in the production. Its impossible for the customers to do this.
Sesame oil is just one example of the difficulties of trying to buy pure agricultural produce. The same is true for all agri commodities.
As an organic store, we go to tremendous lengths to dig our way through the supply chain and ensure our customers get the best and safest produce. This is truly challenging work especially as our volumes go up and therefore, the difficulties in maintaining the integrity of the product too. While taking a decision between announcing a stock out of our product or buying it from an alternate unverified source we always prefer announcing a stock out.
And the good news is, to ensure uninterrupted supply of stocks, we are spending significant time and money in building up capacities with farmers, farmer groups so that as we grow, they too organically grow with us.
In this journey of building a safe food ecosystem, you as a customer are an important stakeholder and drive the direction of development by the buying choices you make every day.
Be with us !
Dhanyam Organic Super Stores.
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Dhanyam in ECR, Neelankarai

Dear friends, Happy to share the exciting news – Chennai’s healthiest store is now in Neelankarai! Discover a huge selection of organics and much more in our newest branch. Thank you, Neelankarai! We look forward to serving you!

Dhanyam Organic Superstore, No. 352, East Coast Road, Neelankarai, Chennai. (Next to Vasantha Bhavan) Phone: 044 2449 3018, Email:,



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Cinnamon – A Spice Prized For Its Medicinal Properties!

While cinnamon is a popular spice in Indian cooking, did you know that it has a host of health benefits as well? Modern science has now confirmed what our ancestors have instinctively known for ages.

Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree, cinnamomum. It is harvested as strips of bark rolled one inside another.

Cinnamon if consumed early in the morning with warm water, helps treat PCOS and Type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon helps manage them by reducing insulin resistance and improves blood glucose control. It is supposed to aid weight loss. Grind some cinnamon sticks into powder and have a teaspoonful with water in an empty stomach every other day.

Cinnamon powder can be prepared by roasting whole cinnamon and then crushing it into fine powder. It is used in marinades, stews, soups or cakes and pies.

Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Due to this, it prevents the spoilage of food, kills stomach bugs, neutralizes odour and is an insect repellent.

Cinnamon helps neurons and improves motor function in those suffering from Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s disease. Research shows that it also slows the growth of cancer cells.

Packed with antioxidants, cinnamon is said to make sure your body can withstand oxidative damage, which happens when free radicals enter the body and keeps illness at bay.

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and hence is helpful in treating headaches and arthritis pain. It repairs tissue damage and even battles infection.

Keep your heart strong by regularly adding cinnamon in your diet. Yes, it has antioxidants that keep heart disease away and cholesterol levels in check.

Try chewing on some cinnamon sticks if you have a bacterial infection. The spice contains cinnamaldehyde, which helps the body fight infections.

The spice in a paste form can also be used to apply on the gums when you suffer from gum bleeding. It also helps prevent tooth decay.


The flavour of cinnamon is delicate and aromatic. It is commonly used in cakes and other baked goods, milk and rice puddings, chocolate dishes and fruit desserts. It is used in curries and pulaos, and in garam masala. Cinnamon can also be added to tea and brewed.

It is mildly carminative and used to treat nausea and flatulence.

The essential oil of this herb is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and uterine stimulant.

Honey and cinnamon make a delicious and healthy combination! Cinnamon powder sprinkled on a spoonful of honey taken before food relieves acidity and prevents indigestion.

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it for a healthy breakfast.

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Green Peas

Green peas boost your immunity since they are packed with antioxidants like flavinoids, carotenoid, phenolic acids and polyphenols. A protective polyphenol called coumestrol found in green peas is said to help prevent stomach cancer. They are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. You can also ensure normal bowel movements by eating peas regularly. Their high fibre content relieves the symptoms of constipation. Fresh pea pods are also a rich source of folic acid, ascorbic acid and essential B-complex vitamins.
They are also said to be great for your skin. A fistful of green peas daily is said to keep wrinkles and fine lines away. They are effective in anti-ageing due to their high anti-oxidant content. Just add some seasoning to a cup of boiled peas and eat them as mid day snacks.

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Organic Farming

Every time you buy organic, you are persuading more farmers to grow organic.


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Rasam – That which Aids Digestion

This easy to prepare tangy rasam tastes great!! It can be served with steamed rice or had as a soup. This will serve as a good appetizer.

Ripe tomatoes – 2
Green chill – 2
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Tender Ginger – 2 inch piece
Tuar dal – 1 tbsp
Rasam powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1 pinch
Black pepper – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves
Fresh coriander leaves
Ghee, mustard, and cumin seeds for seasoning
Salt to taste

Cook the dal, mash and keep aside.
Puree a tomato and finely chop the other one.
In a pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the green chilies. Do not overcook.
Allow this to cool. Grind in a mixer along with salt and ginger.
In a pan add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, ground green chili ginger paste, turmeric powder, asafoetida and 2 cups of water. Add few curry leaves.
Allow this mixture to boil in a low flame for about five minutes.
Add the dal and a cup of water to this and cook till frothy.
Pound the pepper and cumin seeds using a mortar and pestle.
Heat ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds and the ground pepper jeera powder. Add it to the rasam.

Note: Do not reheat the rasam. The lemon juice in it will turn it bitter on reheating.

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Akki Roti – A popular Breakfast in Karnataka

Akki rotti is a rice-based breakfast item unique to the state of Karnataka.


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp finely chopped green chilli
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil


  1. Combine rice flour, carrot, onion, coriander leaves, chilli, ginger, salt and cumin seeds.
  2. Add in required water to make a soft dough.
  3. Take a small ball of dough and start patting over oiled banana leaf or aluminum foil.
  4. Pat as thinly as possible while dipping your hand in water so that you can spread it easily.
  5. Make some holes in between the roti with a fork so that it can absorb oil and cook fast.
  6. Grease the tava with oil and gently drop the roti over the hot griddle.
  7. Smear some oil over the roti and cook on medium flame.
  8. Flip over and cook on both sides.
  9. Serve hot with chutney of your choice.
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