Ker (pronounced as Care) is a word denoted from the Khasi language which means "Protect". Hence, Lakadong Ker will protect your body from all unwanted bodily ailments. It is the first blend that was created using our famous Lakadong turmeric with the purpose of it being golden milk from Meghalaya.
This blend is a combination of amazing ingredients that are directly and traditionally sourced from our farmers. It consists of our very own Lakadong turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Black cardamom, Long pepper and Black pepper.
Lakadong Turmeric- Lakadong Turmeric is a special variety of turmeric from a place called ‘Lakadong’, in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. It is known for its medicinal qualities as the Curcumin content in it is between 7 to 9%, which is one of the highest, as against 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric. Curcumin in it is responsible for its bright yellowish-orange colour along with its incredible medicinal properties. This component also determines its value. So, the higher the curcumin level the higher the value.
Ginger- Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. Renowned for its taste elevating properties and is a must-have in Asian cooking. It is loaded with essential nutrients and bioactive components that have powerful benefits for the body. People have been using ginger for cooking as well as medicines since ancient times. Unique fragrance and flavour of this spice come from its natural oils, gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound that is responsible for many of its medicinal properties. It provides powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and is a popular home remedy for nausea, stomach disorders and various other health issues.
Cinnamon- It is a very versatile spice and is well-known for its uses in sweet and savoury foods. It has a sweet woody fragrance which is used in every Indian household. It has a high content of essential oil known as cinnamaldehyde which contributes to its antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Another component, eugenol is responsible for its antiseptic and pain killer effects.
Black Cardamom- It is the bigger version of the green cardamoms and is commonly known as Badi elaichi or Kali elaichi. Because of its distinct smoky aroma and flavour, black cardamom is often used as a substitute for green cardamoms. The pods have a slightly minty aroma due to its volatile content and are often used as a mouth freshener. Every Indian household uses this spice to flavour biryanis and other Indian cuisines. Along with flavour, it has also been traditionally utilized to treat various ailments.
Black pepper- Known as the king of spice as it is widely loved and extensively used by people all over the world. Black pepper’s signature aroma emanates from the berries of the tropical Piper nigrum vine, one among the thousand species of the Piperaceae family. Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple but is used medicinally in ancient medicines. It has active component piperine which does all the magic! It is responsible for all the health benefits that it provides and it works by supporting the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system.
Long pepper- Piper longum is a popular spice of Meghalaya. It is known as "Pippali" in Sanskrit and in our local language khasi, it is known as "Sohmarit khlaw". It is referred to as long pepper as the fruits are long and slender and look a little like dried green chillies as the spikes on its surface looks like a rough-skinned version of chilli peppers. This product is not only a native of Meghalaya, but it is also a solid insurance policy for the farmers of Meghalaya.
Our Long pepper is sourced directly from Pynursla, Meghalaya and it has a bitter, spicy, and warming taste which is perhaps due to the presence of volatile content such as piplatine, piperlonguminine, piperine and other unique chemical components. These phytoconstituents are responsible for producing distinctive aroma, flavour, and health benefits.
Note: The blend can form a slimy or sticky texture when it is mixed with a liquid.
Zizira wants to ensure that the price you pay for each of our Lakadong turmeric products is worth it. These are the list of things we follow:
Step 1- Freshly harvested ingredients are separated from any kind of foreign matter such as dirt, soil, pebbles, etc.
Step 2- In the case of Lakadong rhizomes and ginger rhizomes, they are soaked in clean water for ten minutes to loosen the dirt from it. They undergo triple washing and are transferred to a food-grade container to drain off excess water.
Step 3- The turmeric and ginger rhizomes are then sliced using mechanical slicers and are placed on bamboo trays for drying. The other ingredients as well are uniformly laid on bamboo trays and are kept for drying to remove the unwanted moisture content and pathogens from them.
Step 4- We use the solar dryer for drying the turmeric. The temperature of the dryer is maintained between 50 degree Celsius to 65 degree Celsius.
Step 5- The ingredients that are free from moisture and pathogens are fed to mechanized grinders for uniform grinding and are finally passed through sieves for uniformity of powdered particles.
Step 6- The final step followed in our in-house processing is packing our products in glass bottles and sustainable pouches along with food-grade oxygen absorbers and silica gel for maintaining the shelf-life of the products.
Our Lakadong Ker can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended when it exceeds the period of twelve months.
To keep your Lakadong Ker fresh for a longer duration, store it away from direct sunlight, stoves, ovens, and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the blend to lose its flavour and strength.
All our products have minimally processed ingredients. They are processed in-house to maintain their purity and quality. The fibrous nature of these ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon is the reason behind the sticky texture of the blend. Consumption of this slimy/sticky blend is absolutely fine.
You can follow our recipe to reduce the sliminess of this blend.
Our Lakadong Ker has been created as it dawned on us that people love to drink golden milk often made of turmeric. Therefore, our Lakadong Ker was formulated with the purpose of it being golden milk made with the famous Lakadong turmeric from the terrain of Meghalaya.
It has a strong flavour with a hint of pungency from the ginger. Perfect golden milk that is a must-have in every household. This blend will transform your simple milk into a beautiful yet extremely beneficial health drink that has strong flavours and the feeling that accompanies with it is exceptionally satisfying.
The bright and beautiful yellow powder is loaded with the goodness of natural ingredients that makes your milk rich and appealing. You will be delighted by the pleasant and flavoursome aroma it produces once you open the container and the aroma sizzles in the air and lingers in the mouth.
A perfect natural golden milk that can be enjoyed all the year-round and is a perfect drink to relish before a goodnight sleep.
Lakadong Ker is packed by components that are overloaded with medicinal bioactive compounds such as curcumin, curcuminoids, piperine, gingerol, eugenol and polyphenols that are essential in keeping our body healthy.
Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients. This blend has been formulated by combining the goodness of such natural ingredients that have been well chosen by our ethical farmers.
The extra mile
Our Lakadong Ker has a maximum level of curcumin and other active components such as gingerol and piperine. These ingredients also come with maximum health benefits. Some of its health benefits are as follows:
Helps in reducing inflammation- Curcumin in turmeric and cinnamon have natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help the body fight against foreign substances. Ginger contains phytonutrients that may help in reducing cell damage and prevents inflammation by reducing the activity of cell-signalling. Without inflammation in the body, bacteria and germs can easily take over the body and lead to chronic diseases. Therefore, whatever substance that can help in treating chronic inflammation is of utmost importance.
Curcumin, gingerol and piperine are powerful anti-inflammatory substances that can suppress inflammation and fight chronic inflammation at a higher level.
Increase antioxidant capacity- The main reason as to why antioxidants are extremely beneficial for the body is because it protects it from the substance that causes damage to the cells in our body. Curcumin along with antioxidants in cinnamon, black cardamom, and black pepper such as polyphenols and piperine will help in boosting our body’s own antioxidant defences.
Lowers the risk of brain diseases- In our brain, there is a growth hormone that helps the brain to function. Many brain diseases are due to the decreased levels of this specific substance. Curcumin and piperine along with other components in cinnamon can help in increasing the levels of this substance and may help in lowering the risk of brain diseases and improves the memory.
May protect against Heart diseases- Curcumin may improve the function or health of the thin membrane that covers the inner layer of the heart and blood vessels. This membrane is responsible for regulating blood pressure. When the function of this membrane lowers, it leads to an increased risk of heart diseases. Thus, curcumin as well as gingerol protects the heart against this function and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
May prevent or possibly help in treating rare diseases- Inflammation in the body is linked to the formation of tumours and anti-inflammatory compounds such as curcumin play a role in preventing various type of cancer. It helps in slowing the spread of cancer cells and may help in preventing it from forming. Antioxidant activities in ginger and other ingredients in this blend helps in reducing or may even get rid of the free radicals (toxic substances produced by factors like metabolism) that can lead to a range of harmful rare diseases.
May help ease the symptoms of severe joint pains (arthritis)- Due to its potent anti-inflammatory activity, curcumin may be a safe and an effective option for preventing osteoarthritis (swelling of joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation in the lining of joints, especially in hands and fingers).
Aids in weight loss- Obesity can lead to various health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and other heart diseases. Curcumin helps by stabilizing metabolism and manages the weight. It controls the metabolism of fat and reduces the processes that are responsible for the growth of fatty tissues.
A natural blood thinner- At times, there are some health conditions where blood-thinning agents are required to prevent blockages. Curcumin acts as a natural blood thinner in certain conditions where it helps in preventing the clotting of blood.
Helps in diabetes- Curcumin helps in sensitizing insulin and helps in lowering the glucose level. These properties in it may help in dealing with both type1 (do not produce insulin) and type 2 (do not respond to insulin) diabetes. Cinnamon
High blood pressure- Turmeric is commonly used in stabilizing the blood pressure and prevents hypertension linked to natural ageing. Black cardamom helps in lowering the blood pressure due to its diuretic effect which means that it can promote urination.
Reduces pain- Ginger has been traditionally used to relieve pain including menstrual pain in women. Gingerol content in it is highly effective against muscle pain that is induced due to exercise. It does not show an immediate impact, but it may be effective at reducing day to day progress of muscle pain. This effect is due to its anti-inflammatory properties that relieve the body from chronic body aches.
Helps in indigestion- Chronic indigestion causes pain and discomfort in the upper region of the stomach and it is believed that delayed gastric emptying is the main reason for indigestion. Ginger helps in speeding up emptying of the stomach which is beneficial for those who are suffering from the condition of indigestion.
Helps in dealing with nausea- Ginger, an ingredient in this blend is highly effective in dealing with nausea. It has been traditionally been used as a remedy for seasickness and other forms of motion sickness.
Ease a cold or flu- It is often told that ginger, turmeric, black pepper helps in recovering from a cold or flu. These ingredients help in protecting the respiratory system. The anti-inflammatory gingerols, shogaols in ginger helps in relieving sore throat and also removes viruses and bacteria that cause cold and flu.
Here are two recipes that we have created using our very own Lakadong Ker.
1. Lakadong Ker golden milk
2. Lakadong Ker Golden Milkshake: