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Suffering from common cold and flu? Try dry ginger coffee for instant relief

The spicy and sweet beverage's aroma is said to open up nasal blocks and provide instant relief from throat infections.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | November 3, 2019 4:32:36 pm
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Suffering from weather-related common ailments? Don’t know what to do? Have you heard about dry ginger?

While the numerous benefits of fresh ginger are well known, dry ginger or dry ginger powder is known to be equally effective. What more, you can use it in your daily dose of coffee. In fact, dry ginger coffee or chukku kaapi or sukku kaapi is an important beverage down south which not only makes for an aromatic beverage but is also known to boost immunity.

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Made by brewing dry ginger with coffee powder, the herbal concoction is often made in many parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu when there is a nip in the air.

Don’t let winter allergies dampen your mood

As a home remedy for cold, cough and digestion, the beverage’s ability is enhanced by black pepper, cumin seeds and holy basil. The spicy and sweet beverage’s aroma is said to open up nasal blocks and provide instant relief from throat infections and even fever too. You could compare it to a North Indian Kaadha, which is also a herbal concoction known to bring instant relief.

 

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Here are some of the benefits of the wonder condiment

1 Dry ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
2 During winter and rainy weather, it is known to keep the body warm and prevent cold and flu.
3 Relieves gastrointestinal distress.
4 It is known to be effective in eliminating gas in the intestines and helps relax the tract.
5 It helps in eliminating toxins and congestion from the body
6 Reduces heat or acid in the stomach
7 It helps improve skin irritation or rashes

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However, it is advised to not take this more than twice or thrice a day, as dry ginger can cause throat irritation (or) burning sensation in the throat.

 

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What makes rasam ideal for cold, flu and weight loss

Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients:

4 cups – Water
1tbsp – Dry ginger powder
1tsp – Black pepper powder
1tbsp – Instant coffee powder
A few Tulsi leaves
1tsp – Cumin seeds (Jeera)
4 no – Cardamom (Elaichi) pods
3tbsp – Jaggery
1/4tsp – salt, or to taste

Method:

*Boil enough water in a saucepan.

*Add in jaggery once the water is boiling and stir till it dissolves.

*Once jaggery is dissolved, add in dry ginger powder, cumin seeds, coffee powder, black pepper and boil for about five minutes to make the brew even and effective.

*Now add Tulsi (holy basil) leaves and let the mixture boil for another two minutes.

*Once done add cardamom powder, a bit of salt and switch off heat.

It’s best consumed in mornings and evenings.

Have you had a cup yet?

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