For the third week of BM, I am doing family recipes. Most of the recipes from the earlier stage of my blog are family recipes. I asked mum and put together as many recipes as I can and after selecting family recipes as the theme, I was totally confused. What have I missed was the greatest question on my mind until I remembered a few. One such recipe is the chukku malli kaapi as we say it in Tamil. Chukku means dried ginger, malli means coriander and kaapi is the Tamilian slang for coffee. But though the name says coffee, it doesn’t have any coffee in it. It is just a name given for beverage. Being a kid, I never liked this kaapi because it has a savoury note to it. It is slightly spicy and is a great drink when you are suffering from severe cold. There is a proverb in Tamil – Chukkukku Minjina Vaidhyamillai meaning there is no greater medicine than ginger. So you can see a lot of ginger based home remedies. This is one such remedy. And I hope so much that you try it once to know how amazing it is.
One of my resolutions this year is healthy eating. So I have been making so many millet based recipes this year. And as part of that resolution, I am trying to cut down my coffee intake. I am a great fan of coffee and completely rejecting it was really tough. I really wanted an alternate to the coffee and we tried this as the alternative. At first I made this with ready made mix but I was not at all satisfied with the taste and flavour. When I searched the web for recipes, I saw so many but ginger was the dominating flavour in them. But I remember what mum used to make. I know that she adds only three ingredients in the kaapi – ginger, coriander and palm jaggery. But I was not very sure of the proportions. I experimented with the proportions for nearly a week until one fine day I got it as same as mum’s kaapi. This post is to record the recipe so that my daughter may find it useful when she grows up. The palm jaggery or karuppatti is a healthy alternative to the white sugar we use daily. So overall this is a very light drink which keeps you energised, keeps you safe from any cold related problems and aids digestion. The drink stays good for a day. So I make 3 cups and we drink it in the morning as well as evening. Just reheat it when drinking.
Dry Ginger Powder – 1 1/2 heaped tbs
Coriander Powder – 4-5 heaped tbs
Palm Jaggery/ Karupatti – 4-5 tbs / according to taste
In a bowl mix together all the ingredients.
Bring it to boil.
Lower flame and allow it to boil for 3 minutes.
Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
Strain in a muslin tea strainer and Enjoy!!