Kashaya or Kashayam is an Ayurvedic sweet and spicy drink made with aromatic spices that provide many health benefits that in general help improve your metabolism by promoting good digestion, boosting your immune system and lower your cholesterol levels. It also tastes pretty good! So why not have these after each meal huh? You can prepare the powder and save it on an air tight glass jar and brew it whenever you feel like it.
This was the most common form of tea or chai, as tea is called in India, before the British invasion brought with them coffee and herbs widely used as tea.It is not found in many parts of the world except mostly India, where it was born, but you might find it at a local Indian restaurant make sure to check it out. If not, you can find a detailed recipe below and you can try to make this at home.
Here are the ingredients needed:
1. Coriander seeds: they are rich in Vitamin C and improves digestion strength, helps to relieve bad odor/breath, it is a cardiac tonic and will help boost your immune system to prevent colds or fevers.
You’ll need 1 cup.
2. Black Pepper: it has cleansing and antioxidant properties, helps improve circulation, keeps your joints healthier and it is a bioavailability enhancer — it helps transport the benefits of other herbs to the different parts of the body.
You’ll need 1 tablespoon of peppercorns
3. Fennel Seeds: It acts as a general toner for the digestive system, and is particularly good for enhancing agni, the digestive fire and it freshens the breath.
You’ll need 1/4cup.
4. Cumin Seeds: it activate the pancreas to stimulate digestion, it is a heavy antioxidant and has been found to have some anti-cancer properties.
You’ll need 1/3 cup.
5. Dry ginger roots: act as an active anti-inflammatory, as a digestive aid, stimulant for circulation, fever reducer, pain reliever and to boost the immune system.
You’ll need 1-2 cm of the root
6. Milk: you can subsitute for soy, rice or coconut milk, and you will add as much as you prefer.
You’ll need 1/4 cup.
You’ll need 1 cup.
* Sugar is optional, add as much as you want and try to make it brown raw sugar or honey.
*Another option is to add some turmeric powder or cinnamon which are the wonders of Ayurvedic spices; they’re good for many things like detoxifying the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies and enhance skin complexion. Just throw it in theeree !!
How to prepare:
Kashayam refers to water decoction or water extract of a herb or group of herbs so the first thing to do is prepare the powder to brew afterwards.
1. Heat up an iron skillet until it is hot to touch then roast one spice at a time, and this is a very important part, don’t rush the process. In Indian cuisine one ingredient should be added at a time so each ingredient is allowed the time to absorb previous flavors as well as liberate their own and react to heat individually rather than as a combination of ingredients.
2. Once roasted allow for the spices to cool down by spreading them on a plate, add some ginger root and crush them to powder.
3. You must grind the powders in 10-15 second intervals, blend spices with a spoon or utensil to allow them to aerate and then grind them once more for about 5 seconds. Repeat as needed until you get to the powder consistency needed.
4. Boil 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil, then mix 1 teaspoon of Kashaya powder and if you want, sugar or honey. Boil for about thirty seconds.
5. Add 1/4 cup of milk with optional turmeric or cinnamon, boil for about thirty seconds and then let it rest for about a minute to ensure you get all the flavors.
6. Enjoy an amazing drink in knowing it is also highly beneficial for your health.