Gentle Postpartum Nourishment: Punarbagam Recipe

After delivery, a woman's body requires gentle care and easily digestible food. Punarbagam, a traditional recipe often overlooked in modern times, provides nourishment and comfort during this delicate period. Not only is it suitable for postpartum mothers, but it also offers relief for individuals experiencing stomach upset or ailments. Additionally, Punarbagam serves as a cooling remedy during hot summer days when paired with unsour buttermilk and salt.


  • Cooked raw rice (sadam): 1 cup
  • Water: 3 cups


  1. Prepare Punarbagam:

    • Boil water in a saucepan.
    • Add the cooked rice to the boiling water.
    • Let it boil for another 10 minutes.
  2. Drain:

    • After boiling, drain the water from the rice.
  3. Serve:

    • Punarbagam is ready to be served.
    • It is a gentle and easily digestible food recommended for postpartum mothers, individuals with indigestion, fever, or stomach upset.
    • The drained water, also known as punarbaga kanji, can be consumed with buttermilk and salt. This combination is considered effective for urinary infections and provides relief from heat during hot weather.

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