Homemade Herbal Coffee or Chukku Kaapi

This herbal coffee is a great remedy for cold, headaches, sinus etc, will instantly open up your senses and makes you feel better….

If I have a cup of this homemade herbal coffee, I would shy away from any other branded coffee in the market. I have been feeling dizzy and inactive for the last couple of days, only one thing that is keeping me up and running is this homemade herbal coffee.

As soon as I take a sip of this, I feel my dead senses are charged and back to life. I must say I had forgotten about this coffee for so many years, and now I feel as if  I found my long lost companion.

My mom and my grandma used to make this all the time. Whenever I fell sick, my mom made sure to brew this and a single cup of this coffee had done instant wonders to me, all of a sudden I would feel uplifted.  When I was looking for a way to get rid of my headache, my eyes caught on the box of jaggery in the pantry ( you would be wondering why am I looking in the pantry for headache remedy:  I always look for natural remedies before I even think of taking any medicine and most of the time it works for me) I was reminded of this long lost companion. What a perfect timing! I got what I needed and without even wasting a single second, I started brewing this coffee.

I took out almost all the spices from my pantry: cardamom, cloves, dry ginger, whole pepper seeds, along with cumin seeds, coriander seeds. As soon as the  spice rich water started to boil, I put a few leaves of basil into it. I can’t really put into words, the aroma that developed while brewing this coffee. It penetrated into me and the soreness I was feeling on my head literally vanished. I sat on the couch and with each sipping I cherished those times I had with this coffee.

Today, I brewed this coffee again and thought of sharing this aromatic homemade herbal coffee with everyone. You can have this coffee any day, especially on days you are feeling low.

On a rainy cold day, this coffee would make a great companion…

Cooking Video: How to make Homemade Herbal Coffee

Homemade Herbal Coffee or Chukku Kaapi
Cook time
Total time
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 Cups
  • Water-3 cups
  • Jaggery or palm sugar- 3 inch slice
  • Whole Cardamom- 2, slightly crushed
  • Whole cloves- 2, slightly crushed
  • Dried Ginger- 2 inch slice or use 1½ tsp ground dried ginger
  • Whole black pepper or ground black pepper- ½ tsp
  • Ground cumin- ¼ tsp
  • Fresh Basil or Tulsi leaves- 10 leaves
  • Instant coffee- 2 tsp
  1. In to a saucepan, add all the ingredients into the water except coffee, cover the pan with the lid.
  2. Brew over medium heat for 5 minutes & low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the jaggery dissolve completely in water.
  4. After 10 minutes of brewing, add instant coffee powder and give it a good stir, remove the pan from the heat, keep it covered for 5 minutes.
  5. Strain the coffee into coffee mugs and sip while its warm.
  6. The hotness from the ground pepper, the aroma from the basil leaves and the other spices, the sweetness from the jaggery will charge you up instantly.
  7. After you finish this coffee your senses will open up and you will feel better.
  8. This is a great homemade remedy for cold, headaches, sinus etc.
You could adjust the spice and sweet level based on your preference.