Hello there, dear friends
Here is a super easy but really yummy soup to help remove wind from our body.
All you need is just :-
1 kilo of peeled shallots (small onions)
1 old chicken, skin and fat removed, chopped
3 litres water (2 litres water if your family is smaller or you want the soup more concentrated)
1) Bring water to a boil in a soup pot.
2) Put in all ingredients above and bring to a boil again. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface of the soup.
3) Simmer for 4 hours over a low fire.
4) Season with salt to taste.
I made this soup last week as a series of home remedies to tackle the wind problems that some of my family members have been experiencing, my self included. Before this, I had made Mint Leaves and Egg Soup, which unfortunately my husband and sons are not fans of.
Anyway, shallots are known to have effects than big onions in removing wind and this soup recipe has been passed down from many generations. Some people add in lemon grass and old ginger to give the soup more kick. I love ginger a lot but unfortunately, my healer lady friend said women around middle age and perimenopausal should not take ginger in any form for fear of triggering health problems arising from heatiness.
Shallots are used a lot in Asian cooking and a look in the Internet will yield many nutritional and health benefits of shallots. Some studies and researches have found shallots to contain in large quantities calcium, iron and protein and they are an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and dietary fibre. They are believed to be good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, too.
Old chicken is a requirement of this soup because it is believed to have properties to remove wind also. Old chickens are those hens that have stopped their eggs laying period.
Try to make this soup regularly for your family – even young children will enjoy it as the soup is so sweet. As old chickens have more fat content, be sure to skim off all the oil from the surface of the soup before serving it hot. Any leftover soup is ideal to make noodles or porridge.
My next post will be on home remedies to remove wind in the stomach, with a recipe of a special herbal lamb soup to warm up the stomach.
With best wishes for good health,
P.S. Any leftover soup can be kept in the refrigerator and consumed the next day. I checked with my healer lady friend about the belief that leftover soups can cause wind in our body – she said if a soup has been boiled for 4 hours, then that soup is safe for consumption the next day without causing wind to our body.