Home remedy for sore throat | Pepper tea for throat infection | Home remedy for throat pain | Mane maddu for gantalu keretha

By Latha on February 16th, 2018

home remedy for sore throat, pepper tea

Home remedy for sore throat or throat infection is explained with step by step pictures. This home remedy for sore throat or pepper tea is prepared using pepper, cardamom, jaggery and milk. Pepper tea or kari menasina kashaya is very easy to prepare and is a very effective home remedy for sore throat or gantalu keretha.

This is my second home remedy post on this website. You can read my first home remedy post for chest congestion using betel leaf and tulasi leaves is here.

Sore throat translates to "gantalu keretha" and throat pain translates "gantalu novu" in Kannada language. Also this pepper tea is familiar by name kalu menasina kashaya or kari menasina kashaya. Kalu menasu and kari menasu are Kannada names for black pepper.

This is an age-old home remedy followed in our family. This home remedy or pepper tea is very effective for sore throat or throat infection or throat pain. When you are down with sore throat, voice is completely gone, this home remedy is very effective.

This is an adult friendly tea or home remedy. This tea should be consumed hot and is very spicy kids will find it difficult to drink. But still if you want to use it for kids, then reduce the amount of pepper. Pepper tea is prepaed using very common and very minimum ingredients. A cup of pepper tea just before the bed time is very effective. But if the severity of throat infection is more then you can drink it twice a day.

Home remedy for sore throat or throat infection

Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10 min
Dosage: 1 - 2 times a day


  1. 1 tsp black pepper
  2. 1 cardamom
  3. Gooseberry sized jaggery
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1/4 cup milk

Instructions for making home remedy for sore throat:

  1. Take pepper and cardamom.pepper and cardamom for sore throat home remedy or pepper tea
  2. Crush them into a coarse powder using mortar pestle.crushed pepper and cardamom for sore throat home remedy or pepper tea
  3. Next take crushed pepper and cardamom in a container. Add in jaggery and water.jaggery and water for sore throat home remedy or pepper tea
  4. Bring it to boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Or boil until it is reduced to 3/4th cup.boiling pepper tea for sore throat home remedy or throat infection
  5. Strain the pepper tea or kashaya and take it in a cup.pepper tea for sore throat or throat infection
  6. Add in boiled hot milk. Milk quantity can be varied as per your spice level. But make sure it is hot. Now start drinking the pepper tea or kaalu menasina kashaya immediately but slowly.milk and pepper tea for sore throat or throat infection

Additional care:

  1. Keep drinking lot of hot water.
  2. Gorgle with salt water 2 - 3 times a day.
  3. Do not eat any ice cold or refrigerated food.
  4. Consume dairy products in moderation.
  5. Give rest. Or avoid screaming, singing and talking loudly.

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

Disclaimer: This remedy is not a substitute for the diagnosis and treatment by a doctor. Please note that we do not claim to cure each and every case, nor do we guarantee any magical cure. Always seek the advice of your doctor prior to starting any new diet or treatment.

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