Kashaya is a healthy drink commonly consumed by all.  It is common drink in North Karnataka, especially Udupi-Mangalore.

It acts as good medicine for cold and cough too.  You can avoid tea or coffee once in a day and have this drink regularly.

The following recipe shows the minimum ingredients required for Kashaya.  We can add Nutmeg, Jeshta Madhu and Ashwagandha too.

Ingredients :
Coriander Seeds                      1 cup
Almonds                                   1 cup
Jeera                                         3/4 cup
Pepper                                      1/2 cup
Poppy Seeds/gasagase           3 tsp or 1/4 cup
Menthya/fenugreek seeds    1/4 tsp
Elaichi                                       8-10
Ginger Powder                         1/2 tbsp
Kallu sakkare/Rock Candy    1 cup
(Red colour preferred)

Method :

Dry roast coriander seeds, jeera, pepper, poppy seeds, almonds, menthya in low-medium flame until golden brown.

Allow to cool.  Add Kallu Sakkare/Rock Candy, ginger powder, elaichi to it.

Kashaya Powder

Put all the ingredients except almonds to a mixie jar and coarse powder it.
Finally add almonds and grind to fine mixture.

Kashaya Powder

Keep the mixtrure to cool and store in a container.

Preparation of Kashaya :
Method 1
Take a cup of water, allow to boil, add 1/2 tsp of kashaya powder.
Boil for 1-2 mins.

Kashaya Powder

Strain and serve.

Method 2
Take a cup of milk or milk+water to make a cup, allow to boil, add 1/2 tsp of kashaya powder.

Kashaya Powder

Boil for 1-2 mins.

Kashaya Powder

Strain and serve.

Kashaya Powder

You can also add sugar or jaggery as per your taste for both methods.

Tips :
Do not over do roasting else kashaya will be bitter.  Menthya/methi seeds also gives bitter taste so do not add more than mentioned.  Store in an air tight container. If the kashaya powder is very fine powder then no need to strian.

Shyla Nagesh


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