When you end up scheduling posts, the latest happenings just wouldn’t get recorded. 🙂 After almost three years, we had a school friends meetup over the weekend. We actually couldn’t believe that we hadn’t met for so long! Days, months and years seem to pass so fast and then the distance is limited by the use of social media, that you really don’t realize the gap of personal interaction! It would be a cliche to say we had an amazing time, just talking, giggling and discussing various issues. Since we had met up at a friend’s house rather than the mall, we were able to laugh our lungs out. We parted, promising to keep the meetups as frequent as possible. But usually the tide of life just sweeps through and things don’t get done as promises made. 🙂
We also had some amazing rains, that saw the roads flooding and the entire population on the streets celebrating the rains. With the climate getting colder and flu running rampant in the air, a hot cup of Chukku Kaapi (chukku = dry ginger, kaapi= coffee) is what is called for as frequently as possible. I used to buy the ready made pack, where you just drop that one whole bomb into boiling water and wait for it to melt it. Slowly I realized, that it was so much easier to make it at home since all ingredients are readily available and we could adjust the strength of the drink as per our requirement. The dry ginger gives it all the inhaling properties that this coffee has. Couple it along with some black pepper powder and you are all set to fight against any flu symptoms! HD loves it with a high dose of spice, so that you can literally feel the vapor running through your nose and throat. Chukku Kaapi is usually sweetened with karupatti or palm jaggery for the best results, and that is what gives it its dark brown color too. Off to the simple recipe…
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- ½ tsp dry ginger powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper powder
- 1 tbsp grated palm jaggery (karupatti) (to taste)
- Bring water to boil.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and cook till the jaggery melts and the ingredients are all well mixed.
- Strain into a mug and enjoy hot!