Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chukku Kaapi and revisiting Aye Auto!

If you are from Kerala or if you follow Malayalam or if you love watching Malayalam movies you wouldn't have missed one of Mohanlal's best movies Aye Auto.I consider it one among my most favorite movies with stellar performances by almost all of the actors,my favorites being Mohanlal[of course!],Maniyanpilla Raju,Kunjan,Srinivasan,Pappu,Rekha and Thikkurishi among others.


But waitaminute,what is Aye auto doing on my blog?Let me come to that in a while.

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Thanks to the unpredictable climate in Chennai these days and thanks to one of our very rare bike outings followed by a drenching-in-the-rain part,both of us were down with the usual symptoms of cold and flu.Coughing,throat pain,headache and all the works.First thing amma suggested was to have Chukku kaapi,a healthy 
concoction made with coffee powder,jaggery and dry ginger with pepper,jeera and tulasi leaves.


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The moment amma said chukku kaapi,I googled and found out this movie clip from Aye auto where the poor autorickshaw-wala makes this kaapi for his super-rich girlfriend.[watch from 6.00 minute if you want to watch the exact scene]I am having this kaapi as I am watching the movie.I hope by the time the movie or the kaapi finishes,my throat pain and cold disappears too,wishful thinking!.




There is no precise recipe for this.Just boil about 1 1/2 cups of water,add 2-3 cubes[around 30-35gms]of karipetti[dark jaggery],a few tulasi leaves and let it boil.Add 1 tsp of chukku[dry ginger],1 tsp of coffee powder,1 tsp of crushed pepper and 1/2 tsp of jeera.


Let the whole mix come to a rolling boil,simmer for about 5 minutes.Drain and drink while it is piping hot.


Sending this to Kerala Kitchen.

19 comments :

  1. I love chukku kaapi and wonderful soother for cold... I just love Mohanlal films and this is one of his best...

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  2. It is "concoction" and not "concussion" as you mention here! A concussion is what happens when you get hit on the head!!!

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  3. Thats one of my fav movies too...This recipe is great for colds...A regular stuff at my house for my hubby as he is a close friend of cold and it come always to visit him..:)...

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  4. My grandma used to make this for us whenever we were down with fever and cold.

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  5. Chukku kaapi...been a long time since I had that. My late grandma used to make for us. Wow, what a thought of sharing a related clip...hehehe ;)

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  6. Hi...your recipe is such a godsend! I am sick with a really bad flu' and have been trying every home remedy I can think of..this suddenly brought back memories of home...wish I had some karipetti to make this one....and yes, I do remember this movie....a true classic! Hope you get better soon!
    Chitra Nair

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  7. Anon--thank you for the timely correction.I must have been out of my mind to write concussion!!

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  8. My mil made this for me and my sil just like that instead of evening coffee as my sil loves it come flu or non-flu! Was soo yummy..Thanks for the recipe and video link is so apt. I went on to watch further, hope she didn't faint after drinking this..! ;-)

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  9. Gayathri--as a matter of fact,she does faint almost immediately after drinking the kaapi.But that's because her temperature drops and she wakes up as a completely healthy person;)

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  10. Such a comforting home remedy

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  11. Love this kaapi while its rainy or chilled outside, wonderful drink..

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  12. I have never tasted this so far,but sure is a familiar drink,even i had a ready made mix for this...good for health!

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  13. Mom used to make this for me too when I am sick. This chukku has a nice flavor that I really like :)

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  14. you are so right...i really enjoy the movie too...these old movies everyone does their part so well....i have never made chukku kappi myself...but have had it a couple of times...the next time i have a bad cold i know whr to look for the recipe...:)

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  15. I usually sip on glasses of chukku kaapi whenever I have a throat infection... it's so soothing and comforting!

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  16. That is a very new recipe for coffee and never watched the movie or the clip. But, hope your throat feels better soon :)

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  17. Wonderful - the perfect combination for a chill!!

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  18. Love Chukku Kaapi...perfect when you are down with cold or flu....Love Aye Auto and the particular Chukku Kaapi scene...

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  19. Simply LOVED the post... movie clip and all!

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