Sri Lankan Ginger & Coriander Tea - 'Kothamalli'

Under the weather? Make a batch of this tea to help fight that horrid lurgy.

It's just my luck to be struck down by the flu in the midst of summer :( and as a result have had to swop sunny afternoons in the pub, to bingeing on netflix huddled up feeling like a shadow of my former self. 

I'm sure many of you who also have Sri Lankan parents can reminisce of the countless times your family have quickly rustled up this hot tea 'Kothamalli" at any sign of a sniffle or cough.

The heavy spice of ginger steeped in the subtle tones of coriander, is cleansing, invigorating and calming. Coriander is rich in vitamin C and ginger boosts the immune system - a marriage made in health heaven. All in all, anything that makes me feel less like death warmed up is definitely something worth shouting about (well I'll shout about it once I get my voice back). 

This tea is also perfect to enjoy on a weekly basis, to cleanse your body of toxins and to aid in healthy digestion. 


Makes 2 cups of tea

  • 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds

  • 2 inches of fresh ginger sliced

  • 3 cups of cold water

  • Optional: sweetener such as jaggery (raw cane sugar), kithul pani (raw coconut treacle), or honey


  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds until they turn a slightly deeper brown colour (but not dark brown, we don't want them to burn!)

  2. Add in the sliced ginger

  3. Add in 3 cups of cold water and bring to the boil

  4. Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for a further 5ish minutes

  5. When serving strain the ginger and coriander leaves and add sweetener to your taste (I personally prefer without)

  6. Relax and enjoy!