Friday, 29 March 2013

Sukku-Malli coffee (spiced coffee)

On days when one suffers from flu, cold or sore throat, just doing normal activities get a bit challenging. Back home I will be given spiced tea and coffee to combat the cold and flu. I am not sure that it actually helps with curing these illness, but, it does however help with the symptoms so I can get on with my daily routine. The smell of the spices also helps with perking up my mood. The sukku-malli coffee, although called coffee, can be made without any coffee and hence is appropriate even for children. I give this to Anjalie with a lot of milk when she has a runny nose (which seems to be going non-stop forever) without any coffee or sugar. This morning, in particular, I needed this more than ever. With it being Good Friday holiday, and Anjalie staying home, the last thing I need was this flu bogging me down. Here I am after a few cup of these spiced coffee with one of them made with actual coffee.

You will need (for 2 cups) :
1.5-2 cups of water/filter coffee (2 cups if you drink black coffee)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp coriander powder
Instant coffee if using as needed
sugar/jaggery/honey/molasses to sweeten according to taste (optional)
warm/cold milk as needed (optional)
**Skip coffee and sweeteners for children

Bring water/coffee to boil in a sauce pan. Turn down the heat and add spices and sweetener(s). If using instant coffee add it now. Mix until well dissolved totally simmering for 2-3 mins. I prefer using jaggery (unrefined sugar) to make my spiced coffee and teas. But you can use any sweetener that you prefer.

Strain into serving cups and add warm/cold milk if using and serve hot and relax!

If you have a cappuccino maker, you can use frothy milk to make a Spiced coffee latte. 

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