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Ginger Melts/ Alyaa Chaya Vadya

As winter arrives, my mother will be all set with for the winter with snacks. Most will be naturally sweetened with dates or jaggery. One of the snacks she will often prepare in winter are ginger melts.

Ginger is a perennial herb native to India and China. It’s a home remedy for most of the common health problem from upset tummy, nausea, cold, flu and for morning sickness.

Consumption of ginger in a small quantity every day protects and heals the gut, reduces bloating, cramps and nausea.

A cup of ginger tea can help reduce the symptoms of a cold.

These ginger melts I made are the best. I have them every morning with my tea or coffee. It helps with better digestion and gut issues. It also will help someone that is experiencing morning sickness in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Yields: 22-24

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Set time: 1 hour

You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh ginger paste
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk powder
  • 1/2 tbsp ghee and extra for greasing the plate


  1. Grease a small plate or pan with ghee and keep aside. Grease the back of a small bowl.
  2. Peel the ginger with the help of a spoon. Make small pieces of ginger and then make a smooth paste in a grinder without adding water.
  3. In a thick bottom pan, add ghee, ginger paste, cream and sugar. Cook stirring constantly, making sure the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook the paste until it starts to leave the sides of the pan, it should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour mix on a prepared plate. Put the mixture in the prepared plate, spread it evenly with the help of the greased bowl, score the vadees immediately in bite size. Let it set for hour and then break them apart.
  5. Store in air tight container at room temperature for 15-20 days.

By Cardamomncream

Hi, I’m Neeta and welcome to my blog, Cardamomncream. On this blog, you will find family recipes and some new recipes, but with a twist.
Cooking comes naturally to me, I guess I inherited it from my maternal grandmother. I love baking as it’s a good activity to spend time with my kids.
Baking is my first love. I had a home based baking business of custom cakes. But, with constant moves comes adjusting and settling to new environments and starting over again. So decided to share my experience and knowledge with you all.
The idea behind the blog is to document all my recipes and experience with food, and record all my traditional family recipes, which is a part of my culture.