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May 18, 2010

Miriyaala Kashaayam (Spicy Pepper drink) for Cough

This year the spring season has been worst for us. I like spring for the beautiful weather, but don't like it for the allergies it brings. DH has got allergies like itchy eyes and dry cough. The cough shows its power especially during nighttime so that ruining the sleep. I always think that home remedies are the best methods to control these little but irritating ailments. What do you think?

Today I am going to post about a good old remedy for cough that works like magic though many people don’t like it for the strong/pungent taste. But it worked for DH very well. He says it feels so good after drinking it. If you take this 2-3 times a day (just ¼ cup is fine) the cough will subside to a large extent.


  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • ½ tsp Coriander-Cumin Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Sugar
  • A few fresh Basil Leaves (Optional) (I didn’t add these as I don’t have them on hand) (But it will be good if you add them)


Pour water in a small bowl. Add pepper powder + coriander-cumin powder + sugar + basil leaves and mix well with a spoon.

Bring this water to a boil and turn off the flame. Filter to remove extra pulp and pour into a cup or a glass.

Try to drink it when it is still hot as it is good for the throat. If you can’t handle too much hotness just let it become little cold (but not too cold) and drink.

This is the best home remedy for coughs. There are some other types of good kashaayams too which are equally good. I will try to blog about them in future!


Finla said... [Reply]

Totally agree one should have this when one is sick it will open up the nostrills etc...

Unknown said... [Reply]

thanks for sharing a very useful post..

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Beautiful drink to be treasured, looks prefect..

Raks said... [Reply]

My mom makes kashayam,I hav never made so far,thanks for the post Uma!

Rachana said... [Reply]

Thats a great home-remedy for cough. Thanks for sharing, Uma.

FH said... [Reply]

Oh dear! I hate allergies, I too have slight coughing at night, I take some dayquil to soothe the throat. This rasam sounds great too, hope this is helping your hubby.

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Thanks for sharing this Uma...even I too have a sore throat with the changing weather...will try this :)

Usha said... [Reply]

That is a very useful home remedy Uma, thanks for sharing it...

Panchpakwan said... [Reply]

Nice recipe of kashaya..it really helps.

Sushma Mallya said... [Reply]

Very healthy and useful for many..

Hayley said... [Reply]

Thanks for sharing..actually my H is coughing right now..

Cham said... [Reply]

You are trully a sweet heart to post right at time, I never tried this one, only the pepper milk. I will try this one for sure, poor I feel how he should be :(

Unknown said... [Reply]

Looks really comforting :)

Sadhana said... [Reply]

Totally agree with you, a perfect home remedy for a bad cold.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Really a good information to share-Thanks for posting this useful remedy
-Nature Lover

Vaishali said... [Reply]

I'm a big fan of home remedies too, Uma, and I remember this kashayam-- my parents would make it, and I hated it! Thanks for posting the recipe. I will be sure to try it out on Desi next time he starts to cough :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

One of the best and words things to have during cold. Best because it is best for your health, but worse because of taste :)

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Thanks for this Uma :))

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