Futuro Organic Nutmeg | Jathikai:
Nutmeg or Jathikai in Tamil is a spice seed which comes from dring a pale yellow fruit from nutmeg trees. This tree also renders another spice mace. Nutmeg is the inner seed, while mace is the red, lace-like substance that covers the seed. Jathikai has a more mild taste compared to mace and is sweeter and more delicate
Fresh, good quality nutmeg powder or seeds will smell prominently spicy, sweet, and aromatic. People use nutmeg as whole or grated into a powder and it goes particularly well with squash, lentils, pork, and in baked goods. As compared to the whole, ground nutmeg will lose potency faster. This spice seed adds sweet and peppery warmth to the dish.
People also use it in savory dishes, such as butternut squash soup, and pairs well with cream- or cheese-based recipes like a vegetable gratin. In Indian cuisine, jathikai is an ingredient in many sweet as well as savory dishes. People may use it in small quantities in garam masala. Egg dishes respond very well to the addition of nutmeg. It is also added in small quantities as a medicine for infants.
- This seed contains many essential volatile oils that are useful for treating joint and muscle pain.
- Jathikai has the power to induce sleep and relieve stress.
- Its high mineral content makes nutmeg a good ingredient for regulating blood circulation and pressure.
- It contains calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, etc., which are all essential for various functions in the body.
- Its stress-reducing properties help in relaxing the blood vessels while keeping the heart functioning efficiently.
Store nutmeg powder or seeds in a sealed container away from heat, light, and moisture, such as a cool, closed cupboard or drawer.
Note: You should you Jathikai in right dose (small quantities), else dish becomes little loopy.
Netmug in Tamil is Jathikai, in Hindi is jaayaphal, in Telugu is jajikaya, in Malayalam jatikka.
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