January 19, 2023

Sukku Kaapi | Dry Ginger Herbal drink | Sukku Malli Kaapi

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 Sukku Kaapi is a spicy herbal concoction made from a powder that is prepared by roasting corriander seeds ,pepper ,ajwain (thyme) and some dry ginger or as an alternative dry ginger powder can also be used. 

Sukku Kaapi is also known as Sukku Malli Kaapi in Tamil Nadu . In Tamil, Sukku is Dry Ginger, Malli is Corriander seeds and Coffee is colloquially referred to as Kaapi .

We can store this powder in an airtight container and use it as and when needed .One has to add a spoonful of this powder to boiling water ,simmer for a few mins and   have it warm .

Sukku Kaapi is a mild and soothing drink to keep us warm during chill winters as well as during monsoon . We can sip some sukku kaapi to get relief from sore throat,  mild fever and cold . 

Some more home made wellness drink on my blog

Tulsi Kashayam (Basil Tea)

Herbal Tea


Oma Kashayam (carom tea)

Inji Kashayam (Ginger Tea) 

One can add a little bit of jaggery powder or some honey to give a mild sweetness and this also makes it really palatable . Alternatively panam kalkandu (Palm jaggery) also can be added . In my recipe I have used ginger powder as it was easily available in my pantry .

Preparation time - 5 mins

Cooking Time - 3 to 5 mins

Complexity - Simple 


To make Sukku Kaapi Powder

1/2 cup ginger powder 

1/4 cup corriander seeds

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp ajwain /carom seeds

To make sukku kaapi

1 cup water

2 tsp sukku Kaapi powder

Jaggery or palm candy or honey as per taste 


  • Dry roast the corriander seeds until it feels warm and crisp . In same pan ,roast the pepper and carom seeds .
  • Let it cool for a few mins and then grind into a fine powder in a blender. 
  • Mix the dry ginger powder along with the above spice mix and pass it through a sieve to get fone powder . Store this fine powder in a air tight bottle in the fridge .
  • Shelf life - stays fresh for almost 2 to 3 months is used properly with a dry spoon .

To make sukku Kaapi 

  • Boil a cup of water and add 2 spoonfuls of sukku kaapi powder to it.
  • Simmer for 2 mins
  • Mix jaggery or palm candy sugar and sip it while its warm 
  • If you want to add honey,donot add while the water is boiling. Let it cool down a bit before adding honey .

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  1. I love sukku mall Kaapi. Now I have a fail proof recipe to make it at home . Perfect to enjoy during cold winters. - PREETHI

  2. This is made so regularly during winters. My first memory of having this was at Trichy with Anna and amma in a trip during margazhi ! - kalyani

  3. Thanks I was looking out for the recipe of Sukku Kaapi and did not like what I had seen. Your recipe seems close to what Amma made. Will make some soon.

  4. I have not had this sukku kaapi but I am sure I will relish it. Will make a small quantity of it to use.


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