November 22, 2015

Kashaya powder recipe, herbal drink powder

Kashaya powder recipe - Kashaya powder is an aromatic powder used to make herbal drink called kashaya which is a healthy, popular and favorite drink of Coastal Karnataka. People who avoid to drink tea and coffee prefer to consume this kashaya. Some people who suffer from acidity due to excess intake of tea or coffee, replace their drink by kashaya. I often make kashaya powder in small quantity and make kashaya out of it. To retain the fresh fragrance of the powder intact, it is better to prepare this powder in small quantity. Roasting some ingredients doesn't take much of a time, so preparing the powder in small quantity is worth an effort. My next post will be how to make kashaya with this powder.

Kashaya powder

Kashaya Powder 

Prep time : 10 mins    
Cook time : 15 mins    
Total time : 25 mins
Recipe type : Powder
Cuisine : Karnataka
Yield : 1¾ cup of kashaya powder
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 2 cups coriander seeds
  • 2 cups cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds / badishep / saunf
  • 1/2 inch piece jeshtamadhu
  • 1/2 inch piece ashwagandha
  • 10  green cardamoms
  • 6 cloves / lavang
  • 1 tsp dry ginger powder

  1. Heat a pan and dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds separately until warm. Do not over roast till brown, it gives bitter taste. Remove and set aside. Allow them to cool. 
  2. Crush the jeshtamadhu and aswagandha in a mortar with pestle. 
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and put them in a mixer jar. Blend it to a fine powder. 
  4. Transfer the kashaaya powder to an airtight container. 
  5. This powder can be stored for about a month. 
  6. Herbal drink called kashaya can be made with this powder.

Kashaya powder ready to use


  1. Good post . Thanks for sharing

  2. This is really interesting. looks very flavorful. Another add on to my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely herbal powder! I will try soon.


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