Dried Ginger has been used in Indian households for over 2000 years. It has several names across the country: Sukha Adrak or Saunth, in Hindi; Chukku, in Tamil; Shunti, in Kannada; Sushka Aada, in Bengali; Sunth, in Gujrathi and Marathi. It can be consumed in several ways, by making it into dried ginger-water, coffee or tea.Previously, the drying process was done by washing the ginger and sun-drying them on mats for about a week. They had to be turned over periodically to create a finished pale-white product. Nowadays, it is easily available in supermarkets, in a powdered-form. The powder has a slightly pungent flavour and strong aroma.

Wide Variety of Health benefits

Gingerol, is the active component in ginger, which has a wide range of healing properties. This component is found to have a higher concentration in dried ginger compared to fresh ginger. Dried-ginger has been known to treat:

  • headaches
  • cold and cough
  • inflammation
  • pain (knee-pain)
  • lack of appetite
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • indigestion
  • nausea

In the morning, it is good to consume fresh ginger whereas, in the afternoon, it is good to consume the dried version. Having dried ginger along with your lunch can help with indigestion and prevent constipation. According to Medical News Today, ginger’s therapeutic properties include cleansing kidneys and the bowels, removing toxins from the body, nourishing skin and stimulating blood circulation. A study at the Rajiv Gandhi for Biotechnology, has even assessed the ability of a dried ginger component, 6-shogaol, to stop the growth of breast cancer cells.

How to make Dried Ginger Water?

Add dried ginger to boiling water and boil it for 10 minutes. Then leave it to cool for sometime and drink.

How to make Dried Ginger Coffee?

Add dried ginger and dried coriander powder to boiling water. Boil it for 10-15 minutes. Then add black jaggery or palm sugar. Strain the dried ginger and drink. This mixture helps to make your skin shine and can also help with weight loss.


Add dried ginger, tea leaves to boiling water. Boil it for 10-12 minutes. Strain the mixture and consume with or without milk, as per your preference. Add sugar to taste.

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