This is probably my third post where I am raving about the lovely weather here in Dubai. However, this chilly weather has its flipside. Everyone around me is under the spell of the season – cough, cold, fever, sore throat and what have you. This compelled me to try out some home remedies for us adults at home while I rushed my baby for a quick doctor’s visit to deal with her impending cough.
Miryaso Kasai (Pepper Decoction / Kashayam) Home Remedy for Cough & Cold
Prep time: 5 mins | Brewing time: 20 mins | Yield: approx 1/2 cup (concentrated)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons peppercorns * see notes
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 inch piece dried ginger (saunth)
- 1 piece (approx 20-25 grams or 1-1/2 tablespoons when coarsely powdered) sugar candy (kodey sakkar / kadi shakkar / kallu sakkare) adjust to taste * see notes
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 3-4 tulsi (holy basil leaves) *optional
- Heat a skillet/tawa and dry roast the peppercorns and the cumin one by one on a low heat for a couple of minutes or till you get a nice aroma. Take care not to burn the contents.
- Remove and cool on a plate for a couple of minutes and then coarsely crush/powder them using a mortar and pestle. You may use a spice grinder too.
- Bring the water to a gentle boil and add the freshly ground spices, dry ginger and sugar candy and simmer for about 8-10 mins or till the concoction reduces to half.
- Remove from heat and sip it hot. If you wish you can add a little milk.
- The mixture when taken not more than three times a day is believed to cure a cold by reducing cough and expelling phlegm (‘kapha’)
This decoction is quite spicy so if you wish to have it without milk you may reduce the amount of peppercorns and make it mild.
If you do not have sugar candy skip it. After the decoction has cooled down add 1 teaspoon honey and consume it. Honey should never be heated or added to hot preparations.