Miryaso Kasai (Pepper Decoction / Kashayam) Home Remedy for Cough & Cold


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. 


Kasai (in Konkani) or Kashaya (in Kannada) are medicinal concoctions usually prepared by tossing a few handy kitchen ingredients and herbs together to prepare a strong brew that can kick the butt of some common ailments ranging from colds to aches and pains. However, one must not ignore problems that persist beyond 3-4 days as things could aggravate. Home remedies are essentially prepared to tackle ailments in their initial stages and they are usually harmless, without any side effects (unless you are using unconventional ingredients).


My friend Jenifer had suggested this recipe long ago when I was battling with an incessant cold. I had quickly jotted down the ingredients and forgotten the chit of paper somewhere in my file. Luckily last week I was able to dig it out and make this in a jiffy. Pepper is known to be excellent for colds. It can really take care of your runny nose and put it to rest. Sugar candy also known as 'koday sakker' in Konkani, 'kallu sakkare' in Kannada and 'kadi shakker' in Hindi is a known expectorant - it is effective in expelling phlegm ('kapha'). 

Please note that this is a very strong decoction, you may reduce the amount of pepper used if you want to sip on it without milk. But if you go according to the below recipe then you need to drink it in very small quantities with a little milk added for flavour.

Last but not the least, this recipe worked for me. I am still new to home remedies but love to try those that look uncomplicated and with minimum use of handy kitchen ingredients. That said, I don't believe in self medication neither am I a qualified doctor or nutritionist so please use your discretion and visit your doctor if your problem persists for long. 


Miryaso Kasai (Pepper Decoction / Kashayam) Home Remedy for Cough & Cold
Prep time: 5 mins | Brewing time: 20 mins | Yield: approx 1/2 cup (concentrated)

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Notes:
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.

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