The bishop’s weed is commonly known as ajwain or ओवा. I have a small plant in my little garden. Ajwain has its own antiseptic properties & helps as a digestive aid & relief from abdominal discomfort due to digestion. Here’s a cold soup/ welcome drink made from the Ajwain leaf mixed with buttermilk, a perfect summer coolant & excellent for digestion.
- 10-12 Ajwain leaves (washed)
- 4 methi seeds
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- pinch of hing
- 1 tsp grated coconut
- salt as per taste
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- Water as required
- Add oil in a small kadai. When it becomes hot add methi seeds and let it splutter, then add cumin seeds, hing, coconut & fry for 2 minutes.
- Add the ajwain leaves. Stir for a minute.
- Keep aside to cool.
- Grind this to a very smooth paste. Mix with buttermilk, add salt & water- if required. If you want you can strain the cold soup and serve. Best served cold.
Note: if you cannot find ajwain leaves, you may substitute the above recipe with Spinach leaves.