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Written by: Jayanthi
Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Yess Yess Dahashamani Powder and the final refreshment!Dahashamani is an Ayurvedic herbal brew famous in the southwestern state of Kerala, in India.

Dahashamani is brewed kind of like tea, small amounts of powder are boiled in hot water for about 10 minutes, strained, cooled and had at any time of day or night. The cool, earthy flavor requires no additions, such as sugar, though I suppose some may add sugar as per their taste.
In Kerala I never felt uncomfortable drinking water in people's homes (or even in hotels/restaurants) as it seemed that everyone drinks Dahashamani or some variant of herbal water. The good thing about these waters is unlike 'plain water' it has been boiled, and therefore, safe to drink.
In these Dahashamani Diaries, I will report on different brands of Dahashamani that I have collected from Kerala, bought to U.S. and have been drinking here on a regular basis. Often I like to drink it while it is cooling, so it is lukewarm, drinking cold is usually what is done, though, I believe. Until date, I have not found this in U.S. If you have, please let me know! In India these packets are about 25 grams (.88 oz) and cost anywhere from Rs. 5 (about 15 cents) to Rs. 10 (about 25- 30 cents). Though it seems that for a price like this, the quantity may not last a long time, if you use a pinch of powder for each 2 litres boiled (contradictory to some package directions) you get a good taste and the powder lasts for a very long time.
Thank you to my father in law who has transliterated the Malayalam (as the packages read only in the Malayalam script) that you are about to read.
In today's diary, I introduce you to tYess Yess - Front of Packethe Yess Yess brand of Dahashamani.
Santhitheertham Dahashamani
The package claims no specific claims
Directions instruct: Add 1 teaspoonful of the powder to 2 litres boiling water. Boil again, strain and use after cooling.
 ** When I have followed this instruction it comes out too strong, so I add just a pinch.
Santhitheertham Contact: Yess Yess Products, Ernakulam 683522 Kerala
Price: Rs 5 (about 15 cents)
** I find it interesting that under the Malayalam ‘Santhitheertham Dahashamani’ title, it says in English “Improved Dry Ginger Powder”. I doubt that is a translation for Dahashamani, additionally, though Ginger comes in this mix, it comprises only 2% of the ingredients! This means that it should not be substituted for ginger powder in cooking and you’d have to have very sensitive taste buds to find the ginger taste in there.
Botanical Name
Karingali (60%)
Acacia catechu
Catechu, Cachou and Black Cutch
Jneringil (12%)
Mysore Chandanam (8%)
Santalum album
Naruneendi (6%)
Hemidesmus indicus
Indian Sarsaparilla
Ramcham (5%)
Vetiveria zizanioides
Chukku (2%)
Zingiber officinale
Dry Ginger
Elakka (2%)
Elettaria cardamomum
Malli (2%)
Coriandrum sativam
Muthanga (1%)
Cyprus rotundus
Nut Grass
? – If you know this, please e-mail me at jennifer at alaivani dot com. Thank you.

Note: Some websites have spelled Dahashamani as Dahashamini. Actually if you transliterate the Malayalam, this is incorrect, though when spoken it sounds more like the ‘I’ than ‘A’ sound there.

Note: Dahashamani is more commonly known as "karangalli velam" and "chukku velam" (chukku is ginger and velam is water).

Thank you for reading. Updated August 2009.

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6 comments so far...

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

Jayanthi Mam,

Yor writing Style is very good I Like That


By jobi on   Monday, March 31, 2008

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

Hi Jen,

Jneringil is called as caltrops or devil's thorn. More information can be had from http://envis.frlht.org.in/botanical_search.php?gesp=2114%7CTribulus+terrestris+L.

Shaiju Joseph

By jshaiju on   Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

Thank you, Jobi and Shaiju.

Sorry in delayed responses - my blog commentary needs fixing! :)

Keep visiting and let me know your thoughts....

By Jayanthi on   Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

now we get medicated dahasamani in the market . drinking of medicated water refresh our body,purify the blood, reduce the bad smell of sweat, control urinary &digestive problems,skin disease,etc etc.

Thanks for sharing this, Sree. On our next visit to Kerala, I will have to look for it!

By sree on   Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

what you have written Jneringil (12%) is tribulus terrestris (scientific name)

visit my blog:- http://aarklonhealthinfo.blogspot.com/

By Celsius Thomas on   Saturday, June 05, 2010

Re: Dahashamani Diaries 1: Yess Yess Dahashamani

Thank you Mr. Thomas.

By admin on   Saturday, June 05, 2010

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