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Daily Ritual – Daily Doses of Caffeine and Magic!

Everyone has a routine, who doesn’t? So, for the WordPress Daily Prompt Just Another Day, it was really obvious what would I be blabbering about. Two of my favorite things in the world, Coffee and Harry Potter.

Coffee charmed me her hypnotic ways very recently. Growing up, my attitude towards coffee was apathetic, but I am guessing because I never had the exposure to charms of a fresh brew of these enchanting beans, getting an occasional taste of dull instant coffee because well, like all good kids, I grew up drinking milk. There was no mystic surrounding it either. Well, coffee is only coffee right? Brown, bitter that’s it. Also, student life was blissful without the rigors of professional life. Who needs coffee, I could get up, go through my morning routine and appear for a class with a simple breakfast and a glass of milk. Then, life brought me to Southern India, where coffee isn’t just a drink, it’s a vibe. Wafting smells of filter coffee from the neighboring houses, the whiffs of this magical potion wafting from the streetside eateries mingled with a fragrance of jasmine buds, washed and kolam adorned courtyards, its was as captivating for me as Narnia! And like a good girl, I took my first steps into Dosa Making and Kaapi brewing. I am blabbering away in the wrong direction again. Where does this fit into my routine? Well, coffee, or Kaapi, as we call it here in Namma Bengaluru, is my fix of cheer, especially on the mornings of sleep deprivation. I mostly brew myself a cup at least thrice a week, but even if I don’t grab a tumbler at home, I have to have a dose as soon as I reach my workplace. Oh, I forgot to tell you, we don’t do a cup of joe, here in Bengaluru. We raise our Davaraas of Kaapi to life!

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Chukku Kaapi ~ Filter Coffee spiked with ginger, pepper and other Indian spices!

Ever since I moved to Bengaluru, about 3 years ago, I am in love with filter coffee. It is so much more flavorful that the milky sugar version of instant coffee I grew up on. And I don’t believe how I haven’t done a post yet on filter coffee. So, when I was a feeling a bit under the weather, I tried this variant of South Indian Filter coffee called Chukku Kaapi.

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Don't know whats wrong with the Bengaluru weather since past couple of days! So, for that feeling-under-the weather kind of day, try Chukku Kaapi ~ Ginger spiked Filter Coffee! The Caffeine gives a much needed energy boost while the ginger soothes the throat! Traditionally, the coffee grounds and the spices are brewed together. However, that poses 2 problems for me. One is, I don't like the fine powdery dregs of coffee grounds in my cups and sometimes despite best of the filtering efforts, they remain the drink. Two, I am not very comfortable with the idea of brewing coffee for too long. I like my coffee strong, but not unpalatable and bitter. So, I have brewed my coffee separately in a steel coffee filter and brewed the spice mixture in water separately. That way I can mix as much coffee decoction and the brew of spices as per my wish and control the strength. Ingredients: 1/2 a cup water, 1 tsp dry ginger powder, 1/8 th of a tsp pepper, 10-12 indian basil / tulsi leaves, 1 tbsp of honey or palm jaggery, adjust as per your preference 1/4th cup filter coffee decoction Method: Bring the water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Add the ginger powder, pepper powder and basil leaves. Brew for about 3-4 minutes and then strain. In a cup, add about 1/4th of the cup some filter coffee decoction and top with the brew made above. You may adjust the proportions of the brew as per your choice. I prefer one part coffee to 3 parts brew. You may use equal part of both or more of the coffee and lesser brew too. Add honey or palm jaggery and stir till it dissolves. Enjoy hot. #chukku #kaapi #spiked #coffee #sickday #dryginger #pepper #tulsi #herbalcoffee

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The etymology of this drink goes like this I suppose. Chukku stands for dry ginger in Malayalam, also known as sukku in Tamil, सौंठ or Sounth in Hindi and સૂંઠ or Sunth in Gujarati. So, basically Chukku Kappi is coffee spiked with ginger.

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