Friday, July 29, 2011


 Kashaya is a healthy drink You can have this special drink instead of coffee or tea. Kashaya is very helpful when You catch cold and it eases body pain , running nose and sore throat.

India is famous for its spices even in good old days. Indian Spices have their history. Indians used to travel to different countries with their spices and trade them for gold and pearls.  By reading the history we will know the importance of the Indian Spices. Many spices are used in Kashaya Powder.  It contain spices like, pepper, jeera, dry ginger, cardamom, coriander seeds, methi seeds (fenugrik seeds) and red Kallusakkare. (Rock Candy). All these spices are very good for the body to keep fit.
Lets see some benefits of eating coriander seeds, jeera, (cumin seeds) pepper, dry ginger and Almonds.
Coriander seeds are good for digestion and are rich source of Vitamin C. It contain iron and helps to prevent anemia and good for ladies who have menstrual irregularities.
Black pepper help to clear sinuses. It is used to cure cough and flu. It contain anti bacterial properties and builds up immunity.
Cumin Seeds are high content of Vitamin E which helps to keep our skin healthy and glowing. It is also an excellent detox that helps to flush out the impurities from our body.
Dry ginger is good for stomach irritation and cures headache and good for chest pain caused by gas. Dry ginger powder contain anti inflammatory properties and it can soothe arthritis. It can also used for curing common cold..Dry ginger powder is useful to burn fat and treat obesity.
Almonds are a source of Vitamin E, copper, magnesium and high quality protein. They also contain healthy unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are good source of antioxidants.
Here is a recipe of Kashaya  a very healthy drink, good for kids and the whole family.Have a habit of drinking this Kashaya at least once in a day which will helps to keep the cold and cough away and boost your energy and keep your body warm and healthy.

Things Needed...

Black Pepper :1/2 cup
Jeera :3/4 cup
Kallu Sakkare : (Rock Candy) : 1 Cup
Almonds : 1 Cup

Poppy seeds: 1/2 cup ( 3 table spoons).
Fenugreek seeds : 2 Tea spoons
Coriander Seeds : 1 cup
Cardamom : 6 to 8 pods (optional)
Dry Ginger Powder : 1 Table spoon

Method :

1. Dry Roast all the spices one by one on low flame except Kallu sakkare and dry ginger.
2. Allow it to cool.

3. Dry grind all the ingredients including Kallu Sakkare and dry ginger. Dry grind it in a small quantity.

4. Allow the dry ground mixture to cool. Mix it well.

5. Store it in a glass bottle and use it .
 Note :
Dry roast all the ingredients one by one on low flame. Do not add too much of methi seeds since it gives a bitter taste. Adding cardamom is optional. ( Here I have not added). Adding cardamom gives to a good aroma and taste.
You can also add jaggery or sugar instead of Kallu sakkare. ( Jaggery should be added while preparing kashaya). Prepare in small quantity and make use of it. It is best when it is fresh. You can keep it in the fridge too.
Time : 30 minutes.:
 Method to prepare Kahsaya.:Things Needed :
Milk : 1 Cup
Water : 1 Cup
Kashaya powder : 2 Tea spoon or little more.
1. Boil water and add kashaya powder to it . Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes .
2. Put off the gas and add hot milk . Filter the drink and pour it to the glass and serve hot Kashaya.
Note :
You can  use jaggery . Add jaggery while the kashaya mix is boiling. Allow it to boil nicely and then sieve.o the mixture.
Better to use jaggery since it is Iron contain. 1 table spoon of jaggery can be used at times.
You can even take a 1/2 a spoon of this kashaya mixture and a spoonful of honey mix thoroughly and eat it when you have sore throat...Doing the same for 2 to 3 times a day will help you to recover fast.
Serves : 2 to 3
Time : 5 minutes


  1. You are the best :-) Am sure...millions of people would benefit out of your recipe... :-)

  2. Thank You for the beautiful compliments...

  3. Thank you so much for the Kashaya Recipe,it helped a lot. I'm surprised that my 2 and half year old son liked it. Many many thanks to you dear lady :-)

  4. Hi..
    Thank you for such healthy drink ... I dont drink tea coffe I was looking for one such recipe and I spotted this... Is this all season kashaya? I mean can it be taken through out the year? Sugar candy(Kallu sakkare) should it be red or white one?

  5. Hello Vishku.....

    First let me thank you for the beautiful words you said....this is not a seasonal drink ....It helps you to be fit .....You can have this kashaya every morning instead of tea or coffee..........
    try more things and let me your opinions.....
    Thanks once again...

  6. Heee Vishku

    Red kallu sakkare is better to use it. But if you do not get the red Kallu sakkare you can make use of the white one.....and of course you can drink this any time of the year...and its 100% healthy.

  7. Dear Cheerful lady...
    Its very tasty and now I have jaggarey only so using it when I get red sugar candy will use it...Thank You very much...

  8. Thank You Gee for the sweet comment...I am very much happy to know that your kid liked this drink very much.....

  9. Hi...
    My cousin too liked it very much I am using kempu kallusakkare

    Thanks for such healthy posts...

  10. Must have recipe for winter:)
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  11. Very useful recipe..............bookmark this.

  12. A very healthy have done wonderful job!!

  13. Yes Usha ..this drink can be used as morning coffee too...loaded with good and healthy ingredients....

  14. how long can we store this Kashaya powder once it is prepared?

  15. how long can I store this Kashaya Powder once it is prepared?

  16. how long can we store this Kashaya powder once it is prepared?

  17. It can be kept out side for at least 2 to 3 months..One must take care .The Kashaya Powder should be completely cool before storing in the bottle.

  18. Excellent. Thanks for share.

  19. Wat it help to loss weight?????

  20. Nice one Nalini. Healthy too. Mine is a slightly different from this one.


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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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