Athimadhuram Kashayam Recipe | Vegan Liquorice Tea

Whole Food Plant Based Recipes

Thu Apr 23, 2020

Vegan Liquorice Tea

Athimadhuram kashayam is a refreshing drink from Tamil Nadu.

Athimadhuram uses commonly include cold and coughs. You can use liquorice powder or athimadhuram powder to make kashaya powder ahead of time and store it to use daily to get athimadhuram benefits.

Whole Food Plant Based Athimadhuram Kashayam Recipe

Course: Beverage, Snack
Cuisine: Tamil Recipe from South India
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


2 cups Water
1/2 tsp Athimadhuram / Liquorice Root Powder
1/2 tsp Chukku Podi / Dry Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp Arisi Thippili Powder / Long Pepper Powder OR Black Pepper Powder
6 Almonds


  1. Heat water to a boil.
  2. Remove from stove and mix in spice powders. Keep covered for 2 minutes, then serve fresh with a side of almonds!

Nutrition Science Highlights of Whole Food Plant Based Athimadhuram Kahayam Recipe:

  1. Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
  2. Why spices? Spices are among the healthiest foods on the planet in terms of their ability to prevent and reverse chronic diseases. They pack the highest antioxidant:calorie ratio. Just one pinch of spice powders exponentially increases the antioxidant content of any dish. Dishes like these, that have many strong spices, are a great way to amp up the health quotient of our everyday meals. Raw and boiled or steamed spices retain their phytonutrient content better than roasted or baked spices.
  3. Why nuts instead of oil? Whole foods are healthier than processed foods. When nuts are pressed and oil is extracted, fiber and phytonutrients are lost, along with many other nutrients. Therefore, whole nuts are much healthier than oils, whether cold-pressed or refined. In addition, they provide the oil content we need to absorb fat-soluble phytonutrients from other whole plant foods! This may be why nuts are used to garnish nearly every traditional Indian dish!

Dr Achyuthan Eswar
Lifestyle Physician & Co-founder,, PHC Lifestyle Clinic & Plant-based Kitchen