Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli and cabbage.

It originated in Europe and Asia, but is popular around the world today. It grows up to 1.5 metres tall and is mainly cultivated for its large, white, tapered root. Horseradish roots, when they are intact, have hardly any aroma, but when cut or grated should be used instantly or mixed with vinegar and consumed.

Medicinal value

Horseradish is a pungent stimulant herb that controls bacterial infection and can be used both internally and externally. If eaten it stimulates the digestive system. Externally, it may be used as a rubefacient.

Known to have diuretic properties, the root is used to treat minor health problems, including urinary tract infection, bronchitis, sinus congestion, in-growing toenail and cough.

Now, for a recipe.

Horseradish Meringue

Ingredients

Freshly grated horseradish: 120 gm

Plain low-fat yoghurt: 120 gm

Kosher salt: three-fourth tsp

Unsalted butter: 1 tsp

Egg white: from 6 eggs

Sugar: 1 tsp

Method: Put the yoghurt in a strainer lined with a double layer of muslin cloth. Set the strainer over a bowl, place it in the refrigerator and let it drain for 4 hours.

In a bowl, combine the drained yoghurt, horseradish and a teaspoon of salt. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed.

Carefully fold in the seasoned yoghurt. Pre-heat the oven to 210 degree Centigrade.

On top of a silicon sheet, shape the mixture and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Jr. Sous Chef

Taj Club House

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