Chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Its dedicated aroma always mesmerizes me. This a seed which we can obtain from Plant called “Babari”. Like its seed, its leaf is also very useful as an Ayurvedic purpose if you have a sore throat problem you can hold its leaf and chia seed on your mouth for 30 mins twice or thrice a day for few days obviously heals away.
Tea is a hot beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia. It was originated in the region encompassing today’s north Burma and southwestern China, where it was used as a medicinal drink by various ethnic groups in the region.
Then in Nepal tea was initiated with the establishment of Ilam Tea Estate in the Hills of Ilam District in 1863. Nepal has a long history of tea cultivation. It is cultivated in hilly areas and in high altitudes for the highest quality tea. Nepal’s teas are mainly exported to India, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, France, Poland the Netherlands, Japan, Belgium, and the United States of America. Nepali tea is famous and spread all over the world. And we all know that Nepali tea is known as a Chia but no one knows what we call Chia seed in Nepali?
Chia Seed in Nepali
The fact is the Chia seed is not found in Nepal. They are imported from other countries. So, for this reason, it does not have a specific name. Hence, Chia ko biu (चीयाको बीउ) is the best you can do if you want to communicate Chia seed in Nepali.
Some people also call it as “babari ful ko geda” or “tulshi manjari” ko geda. Therefore there are not any local names for Chia seeds.
Health Benefits of Chia Seed
Whatever you call Chia seed in Nepali they sure have great health benefits such as:
- A low-carb, low-calorie, high-fiber, high-protein food: With such a nutritional profile, need I elaborate on its goodness? Note that these nutrients mean enhanced metabolism, higher fitness endurance, and lean muscle gain.
- Aids in weight loss: There is no foolproof way of losing weight; you need to watch your diet and exercise regularly. Chia seeds do not guarantee weight loss, but they make you feel full faster and for a longer time, which helps to prevent overeating.
- Good for your bones: For vegans, chia seeds will be a great addition to your diet since they have very high calcium content.
- Good for your heart: Studies have shown that chia seeds help to regulate cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reverse inflammation, which means they help protect your heart.
How to Consume Chia Seed?
As mentioned earlier, it is really easy to include these seeds in your diet. These unprocessed, whole-grain seeds are readily absorbed by the body and their mild, nutty flavor makes them versatile enough to be added to many foods and beverages. Do note that it is advised that you add these seeds gradually into your diet.
- As a ‘condiment’ on my toast: If you are a nut lover and love your nut butter, then you can jazz up your toast with nut butter with a sprinkle of the seeds.
- Chia-seed infused water: Simply add one tablespoon of chia seeds into a bottle of water. Close the cap and shake the bottle vigorously. Let the seeds soak for a few hours or overnight. You can choose to add your favorite seasonal fruits (strawberries, oranges), but the drink must be consumed within a few hours.
- Breakfast bowl: I found this recipe online, and I am a fan. This bowl never fails to provide a healthy start to my day. Mash one medium or two small bananas in a bowl. Stir in 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds. To the mixture, add one cup of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional) and a pinch of cinnamon. Place it in the fridge overnight, and the next morning, sprinkle some nuts on top and enjoy.
- Add-ons: Another very simple way to incorporate these seeds would be to add them in nearly everything from your cake/pancake batter, salads, smoothies (chia lassi is yummy!) to even your lentils curry (dal). But when you have them raw, it is very important that you consume more water.