I use fresh ginger a lot in my cooking and dry ginger occasionally in some of my dishes especially during the winter months. We all know the health benefits of ginger. It’s widely used in all forms of medicine. Sukku is nothing but sun dried ginger. Anyone who has gulped it will never forget the sharp taste and the health benefits.
Chukku is dry ginger and Kashayam is a herbal combination decoction, a type of medicine in Ayurveda. Chukku/Dry ginger is a significant and vital ingredient in preparing Kashayam as well as a common ingredient in most of the Ayurvedic medicines.Chukku Kappi is a herbal medicinal decoction using pungent spices like dry ginger, peppercorns, cumin and an aromatic herb like Tulasi/Holy Basil with a touch of jaggery and flavored by coffee or tea. It’s quite strong and spicy and sweet which helps alleviate cough and cold, mild fever, throat infections and nasal congestions. This is the simplest of Kashayam which you can make at home.
Prep time: 30 mins|Cook time: 15 mins`
Cuisine:South Indian,Tamil Nadu recipes
1 ½ cups
Freshly ground sukku coffee powder
Fresh basil leaves(small ones)
Panaakal kandu(Crystallized Palm Sugar)
Freshly ground Sukku Malli powder
Dry ginger (sukku) - ¼ cup
Coriander seeds - ½ cup
Black peppercorns - 1 tsp
Jeera /cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Elachi (Cardamom) - 3 pods
1. Dry roast and grind them together. This is called sukku coffee powder. 2. This can be stored in air tight container for months.
3. In a saucepan, heat water and jaggery and palm sugar together; when it starts melting, add the Tulasi/Holy Basil leaves and close the pan with a lid. Now add the powdered dry –ginger/chukku, pepper powder and cumin powder.
4. Strain the coffee and pour it to a coffee mug and immediately inhale the steam coming from the coffee. Strain the water add boiled milk and sugar if necessary.Notes
Consuming more dry ginger may cause constipation and hence please do not take more than 2 servings of Chukku Kappi per day, on sick days). I did not have karupatti, so I tried with panaakal kandu.