Ratanjot Herb/रतनजोत: Kashmiri Pundits use a dried herb called Ratanjot Herb to add a pleasing red colour to their dishes. This spice was originally used in many much-loved Indian dishes such as Rogan Josh and Tandoori Chicken. It is an herb that one rarely comes across now, after the advent of synthetic food colours. Along with Kashmiri chillies which are red and appear flaming hot in appearance but lack pungency, Ratanjot provides many Kashmiri and Punjabi dishes their dashing good looks!
Alkanet root is soluble in alcohol, ether and oils, but is insoluble in water. Therefore, fry approximately a teaspoonful of Ratan Jot in 2-3 tablespoons of warm oil (ghee is a better option for superior flavour). When the liquid turns a deep red, strain it using a metal sieve, keeping the oil and discarding the Ratan Jot. This oil or ghee will turn your curries a natural flaming red, without the heat of course. -Ratanjot Herb.
The plant is also known as orchanet, Spanish bugloss or Languedoc bugloss. It is native in the Mediterranean region.
Alkanna tinctoria has a bright blue flower. The plant has a dark red root of blackish appearance externally but blue-red inside, with a whitish core. The root produces a fine red coloring material which has been used as a dye in the Mediterranean region since antiquity. The root as a dyestuff is soluble in alcohol, ether, and the oils, but is insoluble in water.
Benefits of Ratanjot Herb:
Ratanjot Herb powder help in relieving muscle pain, depression of central nervous system and wasps stings. It is used in case of nosebleed, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and sore throats. It is also used internally for loss of memory, hypertension, cystitis, gastritis and enteritis, diarrhoea and raised blood sugar levels.
Ratanjot Herb powder keeps the blood thin and has memory enhancing properties. Ratanjot Herb is therefore useful in preventing dementia, especially vascular dementia. The stems and leaves of Vinca Rosea contain anti-cancer alkaloids like Vinblastine and Vincristine, which inhibit the growth of certain human cancers. Powder was used as prophylactic agents to treat diseases caused by microorganisms including Pseudomonas.
Ratanjot Herb Product Details:
- Ratanjot Herb Weight: 200 Gram (1 Packet) Provided by AstroMantra.com
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