February 10, 2016

Chukku Kashayam | Home remedy for cold and cough | Herbal Tea

The weather has been quite erratic in the past few weeks : typical of a not so long winter giving way to warmer climes, the city has been quite under the weather (quite literally) with a thick cloud of smog enveloping us till late morning. Once the routine visits to the local doc are done, its astonishing how a simple herbal tea can invigorate one from a bout of cough and cold. 
Kashayam (aka Kadha / black tea) without tea leaves is one of the most sought after cures  - Kashayam comes in many forms for different ailments : digestive, chest, respiratory, general well being etc and the ingredients vary quite a bit depending on the purpose. Stay tuned for 3 different varieties of teas this week at Blogging Marathon.    
Today, we see a herbal concoction with Chukku (dried ginger) and a few herbs to make a Kashaayam (aka kadha in Hindi) to soothe the throat during and after a bad bout of cough and cold. Its quite potent and spicy so make sure to limit its quantity, especially when serving smaller kids. 

Prep time : 10 mins, preparation time : 10 mins, Serves : 2-3
You would need: 

  • Chukku (Dried Ginger) – about 2 inch long piece
  • Black pepper – 10 to 15 (crushed fine)
  • Karuppati vellam (palm jaggery) - 4 TBSP 
  • Cumin and Coriander seeds – 1 tsp each crushed fine 
  • Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves – 1 bunch (I omitted this)
  • Water –3 cups

Method:

  1. Crush the chukku, black pepper, cumin and coriander. Dissolve this spice mix along with jaggery and bring to a rolling boil for 6-7 mins till its reduced to 1.5 cups. If using Tulsi, add while last 3 mins of boiling. 
  2. Strain and drink immediately for relief from cough and cold. 
  3. If serving to kids, dilute 3 tsp of kashayam with 2 tsp of water, add a dash of honey and administer it warm.


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16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good drink to have for cold!..

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  2. I caught a bad cough and cold during my visit to India in Dec. The cold has gone but am still left with a cough. I want to try out your remedy but don't get palm jaggery here. Can I use normal jaggery?

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    1. Yes Mayuri - you can use normal jaggery....

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  3. I caught a bad cough and cold during my visit to India in Dec. The cold has gone but am still left with a cough. I want to try out your remedy but don't get palm jaggery here. Can I use normal jaggery?

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  4. The kadha looks perfect for those sick days.Bookmarked.

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  5. wow , kashayam . MY HUSBAND has this for sour throat.

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  6. Somethibg spicy like your Kaadha sounds perfect for a sore throat especially during winter.

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  7. Must have recipe for winter!

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  8. Perfect for sore throat and cold!

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  9. This is perfect home remedy. Bookmarked

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  10. Never forget to make this kashayam to keep ourselves away from the cold. Love this drink.

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  11. That is such a wonderful home remedy for cold weather ailments. Thank you for sharing Kalyani.

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  12. These recipes are so important to have handy! Love to use the home remedy instead of medicines.

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  13. This is a wonderful tea for cold. I do a little different version..

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  14. great use of home spices and much better than using the chemicals in medicines

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Kalyani

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