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Kashaya crackers (Herbal concoction crackers)

Kashaya (also known as Kadha here in north and Kabasura kudineer in Siddha practice) is a winter staple drink at our home, and I'm sure it's the same in most of the households. Fever, cough, throat pain, runny nose, body pain and all the related symptoms call for a hot glass of kashaya as the preliminary antidote.

Kashaya is usually prepared by boiling the kashaya powder in water and a little bit of jaggery/rock candy (kallu sakkare) and adding a splash of milk (which is optional). The powder is usually a mix of 16 (or more) Ayurvedic herbs and roots which have proven effect against common cold and its symptoms.

My little experiment of incorporating kashaya powder in crackers had surprising outcome. The crackers tasted amazing as is and was even tastier with a glass of hot milk. These are not cookies, mind you. There's no rising agent or even butter in it. They are thin and crispy - that's why I call them crackers and not cookies. Do try it out if you are looking for some offbeat tasting and interesting and healthy munching options.

Measuring cup used - standard 1 cup = 240 ml


Whole wheat flour 1 cup

Kashaya powder 2 tbsp

Jaggery 4 tbsp

Salt 3/4th tsp

Water 4-5 tbsp

Oil 2 tbsp


In a bowl, add all the ingredients except water and mix it by rubbing between your hands. The mixture will resemble wet sand. Now add water, 1 tablespoon at a time and lightly form a dough. Do not over-knead.

Once you have tight dough, rest it for 10 minutes and while the dough is resting, pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for at least 10 minutes. Once the dough is rested, transfer it on baking paper and roll it thinly (as thinly as you desire). Using a sharp knife, shape the crackers as desired and using a fork, make some indentations. Place the baking paper containing the cookies on a baking tray.

Now the crackers are ready to be baked. Place the tray inside the pre-heated oven and bake it for at least 20 minutes. The baking time depends on the thickness of the crackers you have rolled, so keep an eye after 15 minutes. Once done, let the crackers sit in the oven till they cool down. Store it in an air-tight container and enjoy with your favourite winter drink!

PS: These crackers have a strong flavour, so ensure that you do not eat too many!!

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