Kashaya is a herbal drink; unlike tea or Coffee, it is a decoction of a group of herbs used in our day-to-day cooking. This recipe is my dad’s favourite one, and we have followed this recipe for ages. Kashaya is an alternative drink for people who don’t want to consume Coffee or tea due to various reasons like acidity etc. It has multiple health benefits too.
I usually prepare this powder and keep it as an alternative drink to tea or Coffee and usually prefer this in monsoon season.
To prepare Kashaya powder:
Coriander seed – 200 grams.
Cumin – 100 grams
Fenugreek seeds – 2 tsp.
Fennel seed /saunf – 2 tbl sp
Whole wheat /broken wheat – 3 tbl sp
Finger millet /Ragi OR Whole Moong – 2 tbl sp
Black pepper – 2 tsp.
Cardamom – 5
-Measure everything and keep it ready.
-Slowly dry roast everything one by one till it emits an aroma.
-Spread these roasted items on paper and cool.
-Now take one dry mixer grinder jar and powder this.
-Cool completely and store this powder in an airtight container.
To prepare Kashaya:
Water – ¾ cup
Kashaya powder – 1 tsp
Sugar or jaggery – as required
Milk – ¼ to ½ cup
-Boil water by adding Kashaya powder and sugar or jaggery.
-After boiling it for 2 to 3 minutes, add milk and remove it from the flame.
-Sieve the mixture and enjoy your herbal drink or Kashaya.
NOTE: You can omit whole wheat and replace it with the Whole moong or add moong as an additional ingredient.