Sukku kaapi is a concoction that you can mix in hot water or milk. The powder is also called sukku malli powder, primarily made of herbs and spices like dried ginger (sukku), coriander, black pepper, long pepper (thippili), nannari, athimadhuram, aswagandha, chitharathai, turmeric, nutmeg, fenugreek, and palm jaggery. All that needs to be done is to take 100ml of water, boil it well, thrown in about 2 teaspoons of sukku malli powder, mix and drink up! If the taste is too strong in hot water, it can even me added to milk, or tea. To make it a little more sweet and for extra taste, you can add palm candy (panagarkandu)!
This is one of the most used traditional drink in our house. You can have it any season for any cold or weakness. Sukku kaapi is known to boost the general immunity very well, and one can even take it regularly (maybe once a day, or a couple of times a week). This could probably help in avoiding any season-based cold/sickness altogether!
This powder can be made at home, or bought in the store. We buy the brand that is shown in the picture, and it is really effective. When I go back to college every time after my semester break, one packet of sukku malli powder is guaranteed to be sent along with me! Some of my friends in college really love it, and it is definitely an acquired taste. But, whether or not you enjoy drinking it, the benefits sure exist!
This is just one of the traditional fixes to maintain immunity and health. And, whatever the logic it works on, and irrespective of whether we are aware of it, it works. With winter approaching, seasonal flu is common, immunity sometimes needs a boost, and nothing is better than our own sukku kaapi!