#Fruits and Flowers

Star Anise: Karna Phul / Chakra Phul in Hindi


 

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Star anise plants are among the fast growing evergreen trees that could occasionally grow up to 26 feet. However, they are usually smaller and have a spread of about ten feet.

Star Anise is used for treating cough and flu.  Star Anise also helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. Consuming star anise tea after meals helps treat digestive ailments such as bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation.

Star Anise is extensively used in Asian cuisines to flavor dishes especially meat and curries; it is also used in desserts and beverages. Star anise with fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon and pepper it is considered as one of the “Five Chinese Spice”, used for its strong taste and spicy flavor. It is an essential part of Chinese cuisines and also used in variety of Indian food and mix of spices.

How to Consume:

Preheat Star Anise and ground it to make fine powder, ones your powder is ready preserve it in sell tight container, your star anise tea powder is ready now after meals just take a pinch of powder with one cup of water boil for five minutes, after boiling your tea cover it for 2 minutes – let aroma come completely in tea and now the time to enjoy your healthy and aromatic herbal tea. This will help you to treat digestive ailments such as bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation.

We can use as whole piece of Star anise in soups, fried rice, veg-poolaw etc.. Use as condiment (tadka/ Baghar/ Chhonk) with other items to give aroma and health benefits to your food.

Warning: Excess of anything can harm you, so use in limit (as per the requirement / Directed).

How To Store:

Store whole Star Anise in airtight containers in a cool and dry place up to one or two Years. Roasted and powdered Star Anise up to six months can store for long time you can store in refrigerator.

Other Names for Star Anise :

Chakriphool, Lavanga phool, Badal Phool, Karan Phool.

 

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