Kadha recipe, a traditional Indian drink that is Mom’s secret formula and home remedy for common cold, flu. It helps in protecting from infections that are common during monsoons and winters. This Grandma’s Kadha is packed with herbs and spices to increase immunity.
While growing up, kadha used to be our standard drink during winters. For generations this homemade kadha drink has been a tradition in my family.
My grandma was a great believer in home remedies. This recipe of Kadha is considered Immunity booster. The ingredients for this Ayurvedic drink or herbal tea are known to be beneficial for building body’s defence by improving immunity.
In India we use many spices to make healing teas. Other than this immunity boosting tea we make a tea spice powder known as chai masala. Chai masala is used in making Indian spiced tea known as Masala chai. That also has also immunity boosting properties.
Kadha Recipe: Home Remedy For Boosting Immunity
The recipe of kadha that I am sharing with you today is my GrandMa’s homemade kadha we consume in my family for generations. Whether it was fighting sniffles in winters, common infection during monsoons, or generally boosting the immunity this Kadha was a staple in our home. It still is!
Other than that, this kadha recipe is packed with the ingredients that help to relieve stress.
In these COVID19/corona times, this is our first morning drink. I don’t really know how effective it is but it sure gives me semblance of doing something that I can do to raise mine and family’s immunity during this time.
This kadha ingredients have been proven effective for various health benefits otherwise too. The good thing is all of these are easily available on the kitchen shelf.
What is Kadha?
Before I share the recipe and Ingredients of my homemade kadha, let me share with you what is kadha? If you have never heard about it before, kadha is a traditional Indian drink that is effective to boost immunity, increases metabolism and even fights stress.
- Most of kadha recipes are based on the Ayurvedic principle of building body’s defence by improving immunity.
- Some people call it kadha and some herbal tea.
- These homemade Kadha recipes are easy to make at home.
- You can make them with common herbs and spices. You do not require special hard to get ingredients.
- The ingredients for kadha are easily available in Indian kitchens.
- Not only these help in boosting immunity, but many of these in combinations help to increase absorption of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
With Monsoons already here and winters approaching I thought it is appropriate time to share my grandma’s favourite home remedy that we grew up drinking.
Ingredients for kadha
Holy Basil (Tulsi): tulsi or holy basil is a well known natural remedy for sore throat and boosting cardiovascular health. It is known for its immunity boosting properties.
Fresh Mint (Pudina):Mint leaves have antibacterial and antiviral properties. This is also beneficial in keeping mild cold and flu.
Green Cardamom: Cardamom it’s is a great anti oxidant, and has anti inflammatory properties.
Black cardamom: Cardamom it’s is a great anti oxidant and has anti inflammatory properties.
Black pepper: Black pepper is good for respiratory diseases and whole body detox.
Ginger: Ginger juice is a great home remedy for cold and flu. It is good for heart and reduces inflammation. This also helps in body's natural immunity to fight virus and bacteria.
Mulaithi/ Licorice: Mulaithi helps in boosting immunity and has anti inflammatory properties.
Cinnamon:Cinnamon is known for its powerful antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties.
Cloves: cloves have a good amount of minerals and vitamins that boost immunity.
Munnaka (raisins): Munakka with hot milk is very popular home remedy for dry cough and respiratory tract inflammation. It has cough suppressant and throat soothing properties.
What Else You Can Add
Turmeric: You can add raw turmeric or a pinch of dried and powdered turmeric to it as that is a good anti-oxidant and anti inflammatory ingredients.
Kadha Recipe Step by Step
Recipe Notes & Tips
Soaking Kadha ingredients overnight and keeping in fridge helps in easy release and absorption of healthy compounds.
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DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended as medical advice, please consult your specialist for that. I personally drink this as this is my grandma's tried and tested kadha recipe for boosting our family's immunity and fight cold and flu.
Indian Kadha Recipe
- Non-Stick Pan (US)
- 5 leaves Holy Basil Tulsi
- 10 leaves Fresh Mint Pudina
- 1 Green Cardamom
- 1 Black cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper
- 5 grams Ginger
- 2 grams Cinnamon
- 2 Cloves
- 3 Munnaka raisins
- Crush tulsi/holy basil leaves and mint (pudina) leaves. Place them in a bowl.
- Lightly pound green cardamom, black cardamom, and place them in same bowl.
- Add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, whole black peppers, munnaka (raisins) in the same bowl and soak them in couple to tablespoons of water overnight. I keep them in fridge.
- Next morning in a pan heat 2.5 cups of water add these soaked ingredients along with water in which these are soaked and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- Drink this hot.