Home made Kashayam recipe is very simple to make and can be made with ingredients available at home or in one’s neighborhood.
One can’t help but fall in love with Bangalore’s weather. A single rain / shower and the temperature goes down, the city becomes so cool and pleasant. With the rains and the beautiful weather also comes the season of cold and cough for kids and adults.
Small children and kids are more prone to cold and cough since they have low immunity. I remember as kids whenever any one of us would fall sick or get cold and cough, Amma would always make home made kashayam (Homemade remedy) and ensure that we drink it regularly.
Ingredients for the Home Made Kashayam Recipe
The main ingredients that I used to make this Homemade Kashayam Recipe are Tulsi leaves, Ajwain leaves, whole black pepper, cloves and Cumin (jeera) seeds.
Tulsi is a medicinal herb, which is very commonly available all over India. There are lots of households in India where it is very common to worship the Tulsi plant twice a day by lighting a lamp near it.
Boiling a couple of leaves of tulsi is known to cure various ailments such as cold, cough, running nose or even congestion.
Ajwain or caraway seeds are very commonly used in Indian cooking as it aids in digestion. The green Ajwain leaves are thick in nature in comparison to other leaves. They are often used to help cure kids of common cold related ailments and ailments related to ear and tooth ache.
Black Pepper or Black Peppercorn – One of the most common spices found in every household of India is black pepper. It is a vine and is widely grown in the state of Kerala.
The green fruit from pepper vines are collected and dried to form black pepper. Known as the king of spices, this condiment while providing a nice flavour to a recipe can relieve common ailments such as cold and asthma symptoms.
Black pepper also helps in improving digestion and helps in weight loss.
Jeera or cumin seeds, is a common spice found in the indian kitchen. It is used in many recipes in its powdered form or as whole seeds. The flavour of jeera is unique and the aroma when it is added to a jhonk or tempering cannot be written in words.
The entire house smells of jeera. It is also known to help in curing common cold, digestive issues and respiratory ailments.
Cloves are aromatic and have a very unique flavour. Other than using cloves in recipes of Pilaf / Pulao and biryanis, they are also used in different potions for their medicinal properties.
They are very commonly used to cure toothache. Cloves improve / help in increasing immunity, improve digestion and also relieve respiratory infections.