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Sukku Coffee - Chukku Malli kapi

Dry Ginger / Sukku / Chukku  has lot of medicinal uses. It is used as a home remedy for indigestion and gas pains. Before Coffee and Tea came to South India, Sukku kapi is a very famous drink in many households. My grandma loves this sukku coffee.Usually karupatti / palm jaggery is used in this chukku kapi. It is also called as vara kapi and no milk is used for this coffee preparation. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Sukku Coffee.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins 
Ready In: 15 mins
Yields : 2 servings
Dry Ginger / Sukku

Table 1: Preparing Sukku Coffee powder
Dry Ginger / Sukku        
1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds
3 tbsp
Cumin seeds
Black pepper corns
1/2 tsp
Dry basil leaves
1/2 tsp

Table 2:
2 cups
Palm Jaggery                
2 tbsp

  • Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned in table 1 except basil leaves. 

  • Grind it to a coarse paste  along with basil leaves in a blender. This powder can be stored in air tight container for a month.

  • Heat 2 cups of water in pan. Add 2 tbsp of palm jaggery.

  • Add 1 tbsp of grind-ed sukku coffee powder and allow the water to boil.

  • Filter the coffee using hand strainer and enjoy.
  • If Palm Jaggery is not available, then it can be replaced with Sugar.
  • Some people prefer adding milk to it. For 2 cups of coffee, add 11/2 water and 1/2 milk.
  • If fresh basil/tulasi leaves are available, then skip adding dry basil leaves. Add fresh basil leaves along with palm jaggery.
Dry Ginger Coriander Coffee / Sukku Coffee / Chukku coffee / Sukku Kapi / Chukku Kapi / Chukku malli coffee / Sukku Malli Kapi


  1. I'm not a coffee lover but love to mix up with milk and have

  2. Brings back memories of my childhood days when my grandma used to make for us. Its completely forgotten now and thanks for the reminding. What a perfect flavored coffee for a jump start during breakfast or tea break.

  3. Superb sukku coffee Nithya.. My M-I-L used to make this a lot.. Thanks for reminding dear.. I had almost forgotten this recipe :-)

  4. Love this sukku coffee,prefect for rainy days.

  5. i use to prepare this very often but in a different way..:)ll try this method sometime

  6. Many of us dont know chukku capi prevents cancer

  7. Thanks Nithya, good to know it can be made at home.


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