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Title: Preparation of Phabs - an indigenous starter culture for production of traditional alcoholic beverage, Chhang, in Ladakh
Authors: Angmo, Kunzes
Bhalla, T C
Keywords: Phabs;Chhang;Aarak;Nubra valley;Ladakh;Trans-Himalaya
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, C12G, C12H, A61H 33/00, A01D 9/00, A01D 9/08, A01D 9/11, A01D 9/06, A01D 9/10
Abstract: Phabs is an indigenous inoculum of the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh region of India. It is used by the people of Ladakh for the fermentation of two traditional barley based alcoholic beverages chhang and aarak. Chhang is an important part of sociocultural life of local inhabitants and its consumption is more common than aarak. The paper deals with the indigenous method of phabs preparation by the people of Nubra valley of Ladakh. Phabs is made from the coarse flour of husked roasted barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Fresh twigs of shrub Artemisia sp. locally available is used to incubate the fresh tablet of phabs. In traditional medicine phabs is used in hydrotherapy to treat arthritis and joints pain.
Page(s): 347-351
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.13(2) [April 2014]

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