Chukku Kaapi is a simple home remedy that helps combat cold and cough. Use this spicy brew to warm the body and ward off the effects of cold or wet weather on one’s constitution.
Dry ginger is widely used in South India as a cure for many ailments; especially those involving cold and cough. Called Sonthi in Telugu and Chukku in Tamil and Malayalam, dry ginger helps boost metabolism and settle an upset stomach. If you have a sore throat, just mix 1/2 a tsp on Sonthi in 1 tsp of honey and lick this mixture slowly so that it coats the throat. You will find that it relieves even the worst of sore throats quickly.
Coming back to Chukku Kaapi, I love this spicy herbal coffee and have it often during monsoon and winter. It is just what I need to kickstart my day.
Here are few more recipes that fall into the Food As Medicine category:
- Chaddannam: Vit B12 Rich, Probiotic, Cooling Summer Breakfast
- Vamu Kharam: A Traditional Andhra Cure for Indigestion
- Coriander Seeds Water | Coriander Tea | Dhania Pani: Home Remedy
Recipe For Chukku Kaapi | Black Coffee With Dry Ginger and Pepper
Chukku Kaapi | Black Coffee With Dry Ginger And Pepper
- Heavy-bottomed vessel (1/4 litre capacity)
- Tea Strainer
- 2 tsp Coffee Powder (Or 2 tsp Instant Coffee)
- 2 tsp Dry Ginger Powder
- 1 tsp Coarsely Ground Pepper
- 3 Green Cardamom Pods, Crushed
- 10-12 Tulsi or Indian Basil Leaves
- 2 Cups Water (~400 ml)
- Palm Sugar or Palm Jaggery to Taste (Or regular jaggery)
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add all the other ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let the Chukku Kaapi rest for 2-3 minutes. Except for the cardamom pods and tulsi, the rest of the ingredients will settle to the bottom.
- Carefully strain the coffee into 4 cups.
- Enjoy hot Chukku Kaapi.