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.

Chukku Kappi | South Indian Black Coffee with Dry Ginger and Pepper
Chukku Kappi | South Indian Black Coffee with Dry Ginger and Pepper

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.

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Recipe For Chukku Kaapi | Black Coffee With Dry Ginger and Pepper

Chukku Kaapi | Black Coffee With Dry Ginger And Pepper

Chukku Kaapi is a spicy black coffee made with dry ginger powder and pepper. It is used to ward off or cure cold and cough. It also helps boost metabolism and warms the body.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Accompaniments, Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings 4 People
Calories 11 kcal
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Chukku Kaapi | Black Coffee With Dry Ginger And Pepper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Black Coffee with Ginger, Chukku Kaapi, Chukku Kappi, Dry Ginger Coffee, Food as Medicine, Herbal Coffee with Dry Ginger and Pepper
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