Traditionally called as ‘Chukku Malli Kappi’, this dried ginger and coriander-based drink is ideal for spring season.
Beautiful spring comes along with seasonal allergies. The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen.
Our immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms. There is no specific cure for these allergies, but you can take steps to curb or prevent the spring allergies.
Here I am sharing a traditional recipe which can prevent and reduce the symptoms of spring allergies.
It is a south Indian recipe which is spicy and sweet. It possesses rich aroma of herbs and spices used in it.
Though Chukku kaapi can be taken as a preventive spring drink, it has some very specific indications.
- Helps in digestion
- Soothes the throat
- Reduces fever
- Home remedy for cold and cough
- Dried ginger – 3 pieces
- Pepper powder – 2 tsp.
- Jaggery/ Palm jaggery – 1 tsp. powdered
- Turmeric – ¼ tsp.
- Basil/Thulsi leaves – 4-5
- Coffee powder – 2 tsp.
- Coriander seed – 1tsp. powdered
Method of preparation –
In a blender coarsely blend all the ingredients together without coffee powder. Boil 2 cups of water and add the blended mixture. When water boils, add the coffee powder. Reduce the water to half and filter it. Serve it hot.
Other Spring practices to follow –
Mid -March to Mid – May is considered as vasanta Ritu or Spring season. Strength of the person remains in medium degree, vitiation of Kapha Dosha occurs and digestive fire remains in low state.
- Take easily digestible foods. Predominant tastes should be bitter, astringent and pungent.
- Sheeta (cold), Snigdha (viscous), Guru(heavy), Amla (sour), Madhura (sweet) are not preferred. New grains, curd, cold drinks, and so on, are also to be prohibited.
- One should use warm water for bathing purposes. External application of powder of Chandana (Santalum album), Kesara (Crocus sativus), Agaru is advised before bath.
- Among panchakarma, Vamana (Therapeutic emesis) and Nasya (Nasal medicine) is advised.
- Honey should be included in diet. Easily digestible meat can be used.
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Article by Arya Krishna