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Chukku Kaapi (Karupatti Cofee)

 Published 2008-Aug-28   Updated 2017-May-22

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Chuku Kapi, Dry Ginger Tea)

This is a spicy drink traditionally made as a home cure for cold and sore throat. For some people it is more than a remedy, its a part of life. There are people who drink this on a regular basis. Karupatti Coffee/Tea is very good for health.

Recipe For Chukku Kaapi


  • Dry ginger (Chukku) - 1/2" piece (ground or crushed)
  • Karupatti (Palm Sugar) - as needed for sweetness
  • Whole Peppercorns - 1 tsp
  • Coffee powder/Tea leaves -  1 tsp (optional)
  • Cumin seeds - 3/4 tsp
  • Basil leaves(Tulsi) - 4-5
  • Water - 1.5 cup


  1. Boil the water in a saucepan with karupatti (palm sugar), dry ginger, crushed peppercorns and cumin seeds. 
  2. Add the coffee powder/ tea powder to this, if needed.
  3. Let this boil for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Finally add the basil leaves (tulsi) and switch off. Chukku kaapi is ready to be served.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve it piping hot as a remedy for cold and throat infection.


  • If karupatti(palm sugar) does not give enough sweetness add little sugar.
  • Jaggery (Vellam) can be used instead of karupatti (palm sugar).

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Comment by Praveen Kumar
    I have a severe throat infection and doctor has advised me for the voice rest. Please susggest any good home remedy to git rid out of this infection.
Reply :-
    You have come to the right place Pravee. Chukku Kaapi is the best remedy for throat infection. Other that that, try gargling with some salted hot water often.

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