Last night I could suddenly smell winter, a whiff of cold fresh air made it’s way through the musty, humid air. I took a happy deep breath and knew summer is over now und a phase of beautiful weather and celebrations lays ahead. There’ll be the festival of lights, Diwali and my husband and his family will celebrate Durga Puja, the bengali festival of Maa Durgas victory over the evil forces. And the wedding season will start with it’s noisy processions and dressed up grooms riding on skinny horses into their future. But with the change of season a new irritant is arriving – cough, cold and fever have now high season. The body often doesn’t manage this change from hot to humid and back to cold. Last winter I got a really bad cold and as I was still fully breastfeeding I could not really take anything against it. A home remedy which really helped me that time was the south-indian ginger coffee, also called chukku kaapi.
It’s a spicy, sweet brew made from dried ginger, black pepper and coffee which clears the sinuses, reduces head and bodypain and gives you a slight energy kick. You could also add other spices and herbs like cardamom, coriander seeds, tulsi, cumin or cloves but the basic recipe is already good. Tradionally it gets sweetended with palm sugar, but you can also use honey. The powder can be prepared in advance and stores well in an airtight container.
Ayurvedic Ginger Coffee
A spicy and warming coffe from South India. Great in winters and when you have a cold. Makes 1 cup.
- 1/2 tablespoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2-3 crushed cardamom pods (optional)
- 2 teaspoon ground coffee gemahlener Kaffee
- 400 ml water
- coconut sugar or honey
Give the ginger powder, black pepper, cardamom and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Gently boil the mixture till it has reduced by half.
Then add the coffee powder and bring to a last boil and turn of the heat. Wait a moment till the spices and coffee powder have sunk to the bottom of the pot, then strain through a fine sieve. Sweeten as per your taste.