Boost your immune response every day with a cup of this restorative decoction from South India
Ginger is a spice that is extensively used in Indian cuisine. The rhizome is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, contains many antioxidants and is said to merit human health on many fronts. Just like fresh ginger, dried ginger or chukku brings down the level of blood sugar and decreases inflammation. Besides it also enhances metabolism as it improves digestion. It is also associated with decreasing cholesterol levels.
Dry ginger powder has an important place in Ayurveda and is called shuntichurna. Dry ginger forms one of the major elements in several ayurvedic potions and medicines. In Ayurveda dry ginger is used to treat conditions that affect the respiratory system like sore throat and cough.
Dried ginger coffee is an aromatic drink made using spices and herbs that have therapeutic qualities. The heart and soul of this brew is dried ginger. The coffee is prepared in the households of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and other regions of South India. There it is known as ChukkuKaappi or SukkuKaappi. Even though it is called Kaappi or coffee, it is possible to make the concoction without coffee.
Dry ginger coffee has the assuaging and analeptic powers of dried ginger, peppercorn and holy basil (popularly known as tulsi). The spices blend perfectly and flawlessly complement each other. With every sip, you will be enveloped in the warm intoxication and the richness of the decoction.
Why should you seriously consider dried ginger coffee?
Dried ginger coffee has many health benefits
Relieves a stuffy nose
If you are down with nasal congestion, have a cup of this beautiful drink and you will definitely see improvement. It can also be used as a remedy to combat cough or a runny nose.
Black pepper and dried ginger are famous for alleviating respiratory ailments. It brings relief to sore throat getting you back to your feet in no time.
The natural antacids in coriander seeds can promote digestion. The concoction relieves illnesses due to indigestion and helps with the smooth functioning of the digestive system.
Even though a cup of dried ginger coffee can cure illnesses, it also acts as a perfect deterrent to diseases. The coffee boosts the immune response by fighting bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens in the system.
Similar to Kadha which an herbal tea used in northern parts of India, dried ginger coffee can be used as a home remedy to treat fever, cold and other benign illnesses.
So how do we make dried ginger coffee?
For making Dried Ginger Coffee Powder at home
- Dried Ginger Powder
- Black Cardamom
- Coriander Seeds
- Cumin Seeds
- Fenugreek seeds
- Long Pepper Powder
- Malabar Black Pepper Powder
- Salt (to taste)
(The amount of each ingredient used would depend on personal preference and on how much coffee powder you like to make. Please don’t make too much as the homemade dried ginger coffee powder is likely to lose its fragrance within a month.)
For brewing the perfect cup of dried ginger coffee
- 2 cups of water (for a serving size of 2)
- Palm Jaggery Power
- Arabica Coffee Powder
- A few Tulsi leaves
- In a pan take some cardamom along with some coriander, fenugreek and cumin seeds
- These spices need to be toasted without adding water or oil. Once roasted switch off the heat
- In the same pan, toast the powdered spices except ginger powder and take it off the stove. Don’t dry roast the powdered spices with whole spices. Powdered spices would burn fast
- All the spices should be ground together with dry ginger powder.This dry ginger coffee powder can be stored in an airtight container and used when needed
- For brewing a cup of some delicious dry ginger coffee add a spoonful of the dry ginger coffee powder that we made beforehand to hot boiling water
- Mix in a tablespoon of palm jaggery (karippetti) for taste and sweetness. You can always add some filter coffee powder after you turn off the heat.
- Pass it through a strainer and top it off with some fresh tulsi leaves. And your dried ginger coffee is done !
Dry ginger coffee is easy to make and relieves congested nose, headaches, fights indigestion and promotes one’s overall health and wellbeing. Indulging in its delicious aroma you can drink it warm letting it soothe your system. This time-tested infusion is perfect for a lazy rainy day.
(Precaution: Do not drink too much dried ginger coffee as it can be counter intuitive. Always restrict to one or two cups per day. Do not take more than 4 grams of ginger a day as too much ginger can be harmful to the throat. We advise pregnant women to refrain from consuming dried ginger coffee)
If you are especially busy or don’t feel like making everything from scratch you can always buy dried ginger coffee powder from Looms and Weaves! It has the goodness of ginger and palm jaggery tinged with the rich flavor of arabica coffee along with other essential herbs and spices. Add some of our ginger coffee powder in hot water and you are good to go!