Sunday, February 16, 2020

Kashaya Coffee

Kashaya is nothing but some healthy drink. It is helpful to take care of your body. Kashaya is prepared using some home available spices.


This Kashaya powder is very useful to protect you from all type of ill health.
It is good for cough, keeps your body warm and controls blood pressure and diabetes.
Kashaya can be used as coffee, means every day you can drink. Morning coffee time or after breakfast you can have this drink.
Kashaya powder is very easy to prepare and this kashaya recipe I got from my co sister. Her father and brother used to advice people and give home prepared medicines, pain relief oils and they served the local people.
I have used methi/fenugrik seeds, poppy seeds, Jeera/cumin seeds and little pepper.
The four ingredients are dry roasted and dry ground it. The Kashaya powder should be stored well and use it whenever you prepare Kashaya Coffee.
It is good for digestion, controlling your blood pressure, blood sugar and it helps in taking care of your health by protecting the whole system.
Let us see some benefits of Methi seeds in our diet.

Methi /Fenugrik seeds helps to balance the cholesterol level in our body. It helps in reducing the fat.
It is good for stomach upset and digestive problems : When you have stomach upset do take a glass of butter milk and 1/4 teaspoons of methi seeds soaked in it. No need to rest the seeds. Just drink it and you will feel very comfortable after drinking methi - butter milk drink. Methi seeds helps during the menstrual period cramps in ladies. It helps in reducing the fever and soothe muscle pain. It also helps in maintaining liver and kidney health. Methi seeds are rich in fiber and helps in easy bowel movements. They contain good anti oxidant properties and helps in removing the toxins in our body.
This is simple Kashaya Coffee . You can double the amount of methi seeds. My sister in law Leela Somayaji has given this recipe and whenever  we go to Our Birthi Mane in Ooru I too join them drinking Kashaya Coffee after my breakfast.
Let us see the recipe now :
Ingredients :
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 50 Grams.
Jeera/Cumin seeds : 50 Grams
Poppy seeds /Gasgase : 50 Grams
Pepper Pods : 1 Tablespoon ( Or little less you can use).

Method :

Clean the ingredients and keep it in a tray.

1. Dry fry Methi seeds till it turn golden brown. Take it out from the pan

2. Dry fry jeera/cumin seeds on low flame and take it out to a big bowl.


3. Dry fry pepper pods and add poppy seeds.


4. Now put off the fire and shift the ingredients to a big bowl. So that it can cool fast.


5. Dry grind the ingredients and put the mixture to a bowl.


6. Shift the Kashaya Powder to a bowl. Let it cool completely.


. Store in a glass jar bottle and use it whenever you want.



7. It can be eaten with honey when you have cold, cough and throat pain.

8. Take a quarter tsp of the powder mix it with 1 or 1/2 tsp of honey mix it well and eat it.
9. You can use this powder for daily Kashaya Coffee after food.
10 You can also make kashaya coffee and drink it.

Note :

Use of methi seeds more /less is optional. Dry roast on low flame. Use glass jar to fill the Kashaya powder. Do not add any sugar. Add little jaggery whenever you prepare Kashaya coffee.
Kashaya Coffee is one of the best herb coffee to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar level in our body. Drinking Kashaya Coffee keeps away the cough, throat pain and even fever.
Try and enjoy.
Time : 20 to 30 Minutes.
Serves : As you use. 

How to make Kashaya Coffee.

Boil a glass of water. Add 1/2 tsp of Kashaya powder and let it boil nicely for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp of jaggery and boil for a minute. Sieve this Kashaya coffee to a big glass. Add 1/2 cup of milk. Serve or drink.
1/2 Tsp of Kashaya Coffee powder is enough for 1 glass of water.

Boil the mixture till it reduces to 3/4  glass. Add milk after you shift the kashaya to a bowl.
Let the mixture cool a little or when you add milk it might curdle. So let the Kashaya cool down for 1 to 2 minutes.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cucumber - Akki Rotti

Akki Rotti /rice rotti is good food for dinner or breakfast. This is the plain rice rotti turned as spicy cucumber rice rotti. It is good for health easily digestive and yummy to eat.


I have used a cup of cucumber chutney which I prepared in the morning for breakfast to have it with dose.
I have used that cucumber chutney, rice flour, 1/2  cup of boiling water and salt.

Let us see some benefits of Cucumber in our diet.

Cucumber is filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and healthy properties. They are good water content vegetable. It is low in calories with healthy benefits. It is good for digestion and it helps to lower the blood sugar levels. Good for skin and hair. Cucumber has good source of fiber and good for people who suffer from constipation. It has good amount of antioxidant properties. Eating cucumber is good for people who follow diet food.

How to prepare Cucumber Chutney?

Grind a cup of fresh grated coconut, 1 cucumber, 2 green chilly. Shift the ground chutney to a bowl and add half cup of curd. Add salt and mix it well. No Need to add water while grinding. Season with mustard seeds and ingh/Asafoetida. Cucumber chutney is ready to serve.

No Onion or No Garlic is added to "Cucumber Akki Rotti".

Things Needed :

Rice flour :  3 Cups
Cucumber Chutney : 1 Cup
Boiling water : 1/2 Cup
Ghee : 2 Tablespoons
Normal Water : Required water quantity.
Salt : A little

Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add rice flour and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes.


2. Add cucumber chutney and mix it well.

3. Add required normal water and prepare the dough.(It should be soft).

4. Divide the dough into small portions. Keep 1/2 cup of dry rice flour in a bowl.

5. Now take a small portion of the dough and dip in dry flour.

6. Roll as chapati. (Do not put any pressure while rolling chapati).

7. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put rolled akki rotti and cook on medium flame.

8. Press rotti with a small clean kerchief or cloth so that it puffs up.

9. Flip the other side and cook.

10 Take out from the tava once it is cooked, add little ghee and serve hot spicy akki rotti with choice of your side dish.

11. Repeat the same and prepare the remaining rotti.

12. We had this with Vegetable Kootu.

Note :

Do not make the dough very watery. You will not be able to roll rotti. Adding the dough in dry flour helps the rotti to be rolled well. Do not put weight while rolling rotti. It might tear.
Adding hot boiling water helps the rotti to be soft. Just add 1/2 cup, cover the flour and leave it for 5 minutes. Then mix the flour nicely by adding cucumber chutney and required water.
Pressing rotti while cooking will help to fluff the roti. No need to put the rotti directly on fire.
Do not add any oil or ghee while cooking rotti.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 12 Rotis can be prepared.

Cucumber Chutney :


Kashaya Coffee

Kashaya is nothing but some healthy drink. It is helpful to take care of your body. Kashaya is prepared using some home available spices. ...

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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