Monday, November 17, 2008

Aloe Vera and Chicken Soup

I got this recipe from Amy Beh but I have yet to try it. I couldn't get my hands on any fresh aloe vera! Back home in Banting, I have a huge overgrown pot of aloe vera but here, I don't. I am waiting to get some from my aunt one of these days so I can try this soup.

Aloe vera helps remove heat from the liver, and relaxes the bowels. So this soup is good for those suffering from constipation.

If used externally, the aloe gel helps those with skin problems like eczema and ringworm. I often use the gel on my face and arms after a long hot day out or if I accidentally scald myself with hot water!

Aloe can be also used as a cooling drink with the aloe gel cut up into cubes. They're chewably delicious!

For this soup, you need:

3 plump aloe vera leaves
half a chicken, chopped into chunky parts
15 white peppercorns, lightly crushed
3 red dates, stones removed
1.2 liter water

Wash the aloe and peel off skin. Cut the white jelly parts into thick slices.

Boil chicken, peppercorn, red dates in the 1.2 liter water for 1.5 hours.

Add aloe vera and continue to boil for another 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and serve soup hot.
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