Kashayam/Kashaya Powder (Ayurvedic beverage mix)

Kashayam or kashaya is an ayurvedic beverage that keeps body warm and healthy during winter. It is an excellent hot drink to soothe cold and flu. This aromatic, sweet and spiced ayurvedic drink with mild heat from peppercorns is all time favourite for people from coastal Karnataka.

kashayam in a glass on black table

Kashayam is a perfect winter warmer along with rose milk tea, masala chai tea.

Health benefits of Kashayam

Kashayam is an ancient form of medicine that has been used as remedy for cold, cough, sore throat, indigestion and generally to boost immunity. Every ingredient used in this recipe has a health benefits. Peppercorns relieve from extreme sore throat and clog nose. Ginger helps to get rid of indigestion and boost immunity.

Is Kashayam recipe adaptable?

Yes this recipe is totally adaptable. Feel free to vary the quantities of one or two ingredients based on your requirement. You could swap fresh ginger for dries ones. Add crushed fresh ginger while brewing kashayam. You could swap coconut sugar for jaggery. For vegan version, just brew water with spice mix and jaggery.

There are different versions of kashayam, that are used as home remedy for various health conditions.

How to make Kashayam with homemade kashayam powder

Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

For kashaya powder

Coriander seeds: 1/2 cup

Cumin: 1/4 cup

Black peppercorn: 1 tbsp

Fennel seeds: 1/4 cup

Cloves: 2 tsp

Cardamom: 2 tsp

Turmeric powder: 2 tsp

Dried ginger: 2 inches

For 1 cup kashaya / kashayam

Water: 1 cup

Milk: 2 tbsp

Kashaya powder: 1 tsp

Jaggery: 1 tbsp

Instructions

Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, fennel seeds on low heat until fragrant.

Now add cloves, cardamom. Roast on low flame for couple of minutes, turn off the flame and allow them to cool.

Crush dry ginger in a mortar and pestle.

Transfer roasted spices and crushed ginger into a blender.

roasting spices in a white pan crushing ginger and adding in a blender

Finally add turmeric powder and grind them to a powder.

Store kashaya powder in an air tight container.

spices in a blender before and after grinding

In a pan bring water to boil.

Add kashaya powder and jaggery, let it boil for couple of minute.

Add milk and brew it for a minute and turn off the heat.

brewing water with kashaya powder, milk and pouring in a glass

Strain and enjoy mildly spiced kashaya while it’s still hot.

pouring kashayam in a glass

Notes

Adjust milk as per your preference.

Jaggery powder could be substituted with sugar.

Allow the ground powder to cool down completely before storing in an air tight container.

Above measurements for kashayam powder yields about 25 cups of kashayam.

You could substitute dried ginger with fresh ginger. Add crushed fresh ginger while brewing kashayam.

Kashaya/ Kashayam Powder (Ayurvedic beverage Mix)

Kashaya or Kasahayam is an Ayurvedic beverage which keeps body warm and healthy during winter. It is an excellent hot beverage to soothe cold and flu. This aromatic and sweet spiced Ayurvedic beverage with mild heat from peppercorns is all time favourite for people from coastal Karnataka. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Beverages, Drinks
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 25 cups
Author: Geetha Priyanka

Ingredients

Gluten free, Nut free

    1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

      For Kashaya Powder

      • 1/2 cup Coriander Seeds
      • 1/4 cup Cumin Seeds
      • 1 tbsp Black Peppercorn
      • 1/4 cup Fennel Seeds
      • 2 inch Dried Ginger
      • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
      • 2 tsp Cloves
      • 2 tsp Cardamom

      For 1 cup Kashaya/ Kashayam

      • 1 tsp Freshly ground powder
      • 1 cup Water
      • 2 tbsp Milk
      • 1 tbsp Jaggery powder

      Instructions

      • Dry roast 1/2 coriander seeds, 1/4 cup cumin seeds, 1 tbsp black peppercorns, 1/4 cup fennel seeds on low flame until fragrant.
      • Now add 2 tbsp cloves, 2 tbsp cardamom. Roast on low flame for couple of minutes, turn off the flame and allow them to cool.
      • Crush dry ginger in a mortar and pestle.
      • Add the roasted ingredients, crushed ginger and turmeric powder into a blender.
      • Now grind all the ingredients to a powder and store it in an air tight container.
      • In a pan bring water to boil.
      • Add kashaya powder and jaggery, let it boil for couple of minute.
      • Add milk and brew it for a minute and turn off the heat. 
      • Strain and enjoy mildly spiced kashaya while its still hot.

      Video

      Notes

      Adjust milk as per your preference.
      Jaggery powder can be substituted with sugar.   
      Allow the ground powder to cool down completely before storing in an air tight container. 
      With above measurements,  you can prepare approximately 25 cups kashaya.
       

      If you like this healthy beverage, you might also like Chai Masala Powder, Dry Fruit Lassi, Masala Lassi.

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