Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chasing Away Sinusitis With Ukala

It is that time of the year when you cuddle up in the rocking chair with Ukala and Sweet bread with a blanket on the knee and book in hand. The book has been replaced by the iPAD now but the warm fuzzy feeling is still derived from the Ukala. I think this wonderful drink is magic also due to the aroma therapy of the volatile oils from the spices.

It is the time of the year when your Sinuses play havoc. One nostril is blocked and the other is warm. I don't like sprays, sniffies and other sinus gear. What I like best is twice a day of this Ukala that makes you warm inside out. The blood rushes caused by the spicy heat from the Ukala gives you that fuzzy feeling you desire most in the cold winters. I like to hold my large cup in both my palms and move it across my forehead while it is still hot. Pure therapy, as I sip on my Ukala the slightly thickened milk slides down my tongue and the heat from the spice hits my throat. The brain senses the nice smoothness and brightens the mood. I have never been a milk lover but this Ukala is an excuse to enjoy it once in a while. The Tryptophan is strong enough to make me doze off peacefully when had just before bedtime.


Ukala Masala
3 tablespoons Black Pepper Corns
1 tablespoon Cardamom pods
2 tablespoons Jyeshtha Madh/ Mulathi powder
1 tablespoon Cloves
2 sticks Cinnamon

In a mortar and pestle powder all the ingredients. Store it in a jar in a dry place. Use 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of this Masala for your Ukala.

Note: If you do not like fresh ginger or cannot avail it you can include 2 tablespoons of dry ginger powder in this masala, mix well and store.

I use fresh ginger most times so add it to the boiling milk.

300 ml Milk (I like to use Goodlife since it is thicker than other brands)
1/4 teaspoon of the Ukala Masala
1/4 teaspoon Dry Ginger powder
OR 1/4 inch Fresh Ginger
 2 teaspoons of honey

In a clean pot boil Milk and this Ukala Masala, till your milk gets a little thick or gets a faint pinkish tinge. Boil it down to 200ml. Strain, pour into your favorite cup, add honey and mix well. Enjoy the fragrant warm sip.

Many of my friends have come to Blr. for work from warmer places of their birth and the cold here puts them down. Nimmy, Pinka, Jyoti and Aditya this post is for you. Say Cheers with Ukala! 

Tip: This same masala can be used to make a spice tea when boiled with water. To get your strong Masala Chai just add the tea leaves along with this Masala to hot boiling water, brew to your taste and add a splash of milk for the perfect cup.


  1. I make a similar thing for my kid. but your's sounds like better. let me try if we could find some mulethi. right now the whole family of ours need ukala desperately.

  2. Sayantani, Mulathi helps get rid of a dry itchy throat that is a result of cold related ailments but even without it is still good. Hope your family feels better.

  3. Thanks - this looks easy to make, going to try it right away. Also, thanks for the efforts u have put in penning this down so immediately for those of us in need right away!

  4. Hi...
    Wonderful blog... Thanks for sharing this as it is very much in need at my home...

  5. I love Goodlife milk. Had it for the first time in Bengaluru, but unfortunately, not available in Mumbai. :(
    Also from where can I get Mulathi powder in Mumbai?

    1. Mulathi or Jesthimad is Marathi is available in all ayurvedic stores across Mumbai easily. Try at Dadar you will for sure get it.

  6. Good one.i take it daily instead of clear away my sinusitis.


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