My grandfather was a great believer of natural remedies for any ailments. I have never seen him go to a hospital for any problems. He was 80 years old when he passed away and he never suffered from diabetes or any health problems faced by the people of his age group. One day he fainted and was admitted in the hospital where in he went into coma and passed away 10 days later without recovering from it.
When I suffered from wheezing and cold this was the recipe that he recommended to my mother to improve my appetite and to keep away the cold. I follow the same for my kids and it is very rare they ever catch cold. This is very simple to make and very good appetite improver.
Pepper Fried Rice
Cooked rice – 1 cup
Black pepper corn – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tsp
Shallots (sambar vengayam) – 10 to 15
Garlic – 8 to 10 pods
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Ghee – 2 to 3 tbsp
Soak the shallots in some water for some time and remove their skin. Chop the shallots and garlic finely. In a kadai heat 1 tbsp of ghee and fry the pepper corns till they are crisp and ready to crackle in a slow flame. Take it and keep separately. Now shallow fry the cumin and grind both the pepper and cumin coarsely.
Add the remaining ghee to the kadai and sauté both the shallots and garlic till they are cooked and shrink in size. Now add the turmeric powder, salt, ground pepper, cumin powder and the cooked rice and mix well and simmer till the rice is hot.
Serve hot. You can do this in oil too but since pepper is a heat provider to our body, using ghee acts as a cooler and it is also appetizing at the same time.