Benefits of Gond Katira:

  • Strengthens bones.

  • Rich in Calcium, and Magnesium.

  • Adds flavour to your Condiments and Dishes.

  • Commonly used in dressings for salads, sauces, and smoothies.

  • Helps to prevent and treat heat strokes.

  • Helps to delay wrinkles and fine lines.


Recipe: Soak one spoon of Gond katira in a bowl of water for overnight. It will be fluffed in volume, and would thicken as a jelly by the morning. Wash this Jelly 3 to 4 times in pure water.

Take a glass and add this Jelly.  Put few Rose Petals in it, and mix. Dissolve a tablespoon of sugar in water and pour over the katira Jelly. Mix it thoroughly. Now add the cold milk on it. Stir and top it with almonds, saffron, and other Dry fruits. Add few Ice Cubes.

A super delicious and refreshing drink is ready. It is not only energizing, but also has invigorating and cooling effect on your body.

You can replace Milk with Water and Lemon too as per your taste.


Q What is gond katira?

 Gond katira is a natural herb that is found in Indian kitchens. It is also known as tragacanth gum, and it naturally emanates in the form of twisted crystals.

Gond katira could be easily found in most Indian kitchens until a few decades ago. The present generation would have heard the name from their grandmothers in the passing, but would not really know much about it.


Gond katira is an important part of the Ayurvedic system due to its medicinal properties. It has been used from ancient times as a cure for various diseases like cough and dysentery. On soaking in water, it changes its appearance from being crystalline to becoming like white jelly. It is tasteless and odourless.


  • Gond katira has many health benefits, and consuming it daily can help keep a lot of health issues at bay.
  • Keeping your digestive system healthy
  • It has purgative properties because it contains ingredients that stimulate the movement of intestines. This helps in proper bowel movement and maintaining a healthy digestive system. It is known to provide relief from both constipation as well as diarrhoea.
  • Preventing dehydration & treating heat-strokes
  • Gond katira acts as a cooling agent and decreases the temperature of the body. This in turn helps avert a heat stroke from the scorching sun besides refreshing us. It is useful in controlling nose-bleeding caused due to extreme heat. It for this reason, gond katira is especially used to prepare cool chillers and drinks in summer.
  •  Gond katira is a powerful plant that has been used since ancient times to boost immunity and recovery, as well as for skin health.
  • It helps in cell recovery and regeneration. It also increases the secretion of immune cells, thereby strengthening our system to fight diseases and other foreign invaders. It further helps with blood flow control and lactation promotion.

These properties make it a great addition to laddoos, which are often given immediately after delivery so that new mothers can recover their strength quickly, as well as regain their strength after pregnancy.

How do you apply gond katira to get beautiful skin?

Soak some gondh katira in water overnight and filter the next morning. To this gond katira water, add 2 tablespoons of egg white, 1 tablespoon milk powder, 2 tablespoons almond powder, and 1 tablespoon green vegetable powder.

Mix until it becomes a smooth paste.

Use this mask on your face, neck, and hands.

To achieve luminous skin, wash off after 20 minutes.