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        Coriander
 

      Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also commonly called cilantro, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae.Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iranian folk medicine. Experiments in mice support its use as an anxiolytic.[7]

      Coriander seeds are also used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid.[8] In holistic and some traditional medicine, it is used as a carminative and for general digestive aid.

Chukku-Malli Kaapi: Habit of drinking tea was adapted from the British by modern Indians. The ancient habit was to drink a herbal preparation with coriander seeds , dried ginger (sukku is lime-treated ginger which has superior medicinal value than just dried ginger) and  sweetened with palm sugar. This herbal tea is excellent for health especially to keep the kidneys to work efficiently and also for digestion. Please use organically grown coriander and ginger for the best results.

       Very Interestingly the bed coffee  given to the lord of  Sriranganathar temple in Trichy is  this sukku-malli kaapi prepared in Dhanwanthri shrine. Every morning this is then given as prasad to the devotees. This ritual was initiated by the ancient masters who knew the medicinal benefit of this herbal Tea.

Chuku Malli drink (Coriander + Dry ginger)

Coriander Seeds - 100 gms
Sukku(dry ginger powder) - 25 gms

Slightly roast coriander seeds and add dry ginger fry for 2 mins in medium flame
Let it cool and powder them.

Prepare the decoction with 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of powdered jaggery or brown unrefined sugar  and 1 tps of prepared powder. Boil for minutes.

  Ginger is one the best known anti-inflammatory drug known to man and coriander is soothing to the kidneys. The combination is a great medicine to kidney failure patients.


Courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander