Kashaya | Spiced Herbal Drink

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I was slightly under the weather in the beginning of the week all thanks to Bangalore's unpredictable weather. All I wanted to do was to snuggle under a cozy duvet & drown in cups of Hot Chai or Kashaya,

Kashaya is medicinal concoction made with various herbs & spices & simmered along with milk & water & usually sweetened with Jaggery, It is a very common home remedy for common cold & sore throat in most South Indian homes during the rainy & winter months. If you are prone to catching a cold easily, replace a your morning Coffee with a cup of Kashaya 


Kashaya Powder is very easily available at most Ayurvedic stores & they are very good but it never hurts to make it at home. And, it hardly takes any time. Plus. you have control over what goes into the powder as per your preference.

Here's a very simple Kashaya Powder that has been made at home since ages.


How To Make Kashaya Powder:

In a Skillet, Dry roast Cumin seeds, Fennel Seeds, Black Pepper & Cloves one at a time until they are slightly aromatic. It should take less than a minute each. Spread it on a plate & allow it to cool

In a heavy duty mortar & pestle, Crush Dry Ginger & Jeshtamadhu. Now alongwith the roasted ingredients, Grind into a fine powder in a mixer. Transfer into an air tight jar & use as and when needed

You can also add Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamom & a few other. But a lot of spices increases body heat & may not be suitable for daily consumption. 

To Make Kashaya 

  • 1 Teaspoon Kashaya Powder 
  • A small piece of Jaggery
  • 1/2 a cup of Milk
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 8-10 mint leaves - optional

How To:

In a Pot, Add water & Milk and bring it to a boil. Add the mint leaves, jaggery & kashaya powder & simmer for about 3-4 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Strain the mint leaves & Serve Warm.

You can replace Mint Leaves with Doddapatre/Ajwain Leaves or you can add both. Its an excellent remedy for cough

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