Kadha/ Herbal Spicy Tea

December 23, 2019mayurisjikoni
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What is Kadha?

Kadha is a mixture of herbs and spices boiled in water for about 7-10 minutes. Lemon juice and honey/jaggery are added, mixed and this herb and spice mixture or tea is a remedy for colds, flus and coughs both dry and chesty. Its usually drunk when its hot or warm depending on who is having it. Usually children are given warm kadha.

Kadha Ingredients

Ingredients for kadha are usually found in the kitchen. If you don’t have the ingredients then they are easily available from and Indian store or online. If fresh holy basil is not available then use dried one or add more mint.

  • Water
  • Fresh turmeric or turmeric powder
  • tulsi leaves/ holy basil
  • mint leaves
  • cloves
  • pepper
  • cardamom
  • cinnamon
  • fresh ginger or ginger powder
  • ajwain seeds/ carom seeds/bishop’s weed/ajmo
  • honey/jaggery
  • lemon juice

Health benefits of Kadha:

With the onset of winter or the rainy season colds, coughs, flu are common. Drinking half or a full cup of kadha during winter helps to relieve symptoms of cold and coughs or it prevents one from catching the cold. In short, hoping that after you’ve read the benefits of the ingredients, you’ll make kadha a ritual in your home especially during the cold season. While all the ingredients have a multitude of health benefits, here I will only emphasis the benefits in regards to colds and coughs.

  • Turmeric: As a powerful anti inflammatory, it helps find inflammation therefore helping the body fight germs.
  • Tulsi Leaves: Helps fight asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, flu, sinusitis, sore throat and similar ailments
  • Mint Leaves: Is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good relaxant, relieves congestion and also has a soothing effect for asthmatic patients.
  • Cloves: have antimicrobial properties, which means that it prevents the growth of micro-organisms like bacteria.
  • Pepper: In addition to having anti inflammatory properties, it also stimulates circulation and mucous flow.
  • Cardamom: contains anti -inflammatory properties and also helps to fight growth of micro organisms.
  • Cinnamon: is high in cinnamaldehyde which has anti – inflammatory properties, helps the body fight infections and repair damaged tissues.
  • Ginger:  has anti inflammatory properties, prevents nausea, helps to get rid of nose and chest congestion, helps to revive a dull appetite, helps fight infections.
  • Ajwain(carom seeds or bishop weed): aids digestion,wards off constipation, relieves cough and asthma, helps prevent bloating, good remedy for migraines.
  • Honey:  has anti – inflammatory and ant – bacterial properties. It helps to relieve cold and coughs symptoms. Honey adds like a lubricate for sore throats relieving dryness and itchiness.
  • Jaggery: helps to boost immunity, keeps the body warm and helps fight colds and coughs.
  • Lemon Juice: Its rich in Vitamin C, helps to reduce phlegm and reduces upper respiratory tract infection.

How is Kadha taken?

Usually on its own, best to sip it hot. Some have it first thing in the morning or the last thing before going to bed. As for me, I prefer drinking it before going to bed as on an empty stomach, the cloves and peppers uses may cause stomach burns.

Other Home Remedies:


With the weather getting really cold in India and my family in UK and Canada are complaining of bitter cold, its really good that Narmadha suggested Grandma’s Remedies as this week’s theme. I’ve actually grown up having Raab and Haldi Ka Doodh whenever anyone of us came down with a cold. To clarify, I use hate Haldi ka Doodh as my mum would add salt to loosen the phlegm but nowadays like it. With both recipes on the blog I was wondering what to make for this theme. As a result, asked for a suggestion on the Facebook Group Chalo Jamva (a group for Gujaratis), and while some suggested simply honey and lemon water, and my friend Priya suggested Mug Nu Paani (moong water), Varsha the admin of the group suggested Kadha and she even shared a recipe with me. Consulting my family, we added a couple more ingredients and also changed the quantity for some to come with a kadha that is not too spicy.

Steering away for a few seconds from health, I love Hide and Seek Cookies but find them so sweet and unhealthy. Narmadha has a home baked version using wheat flour and of course without any additives and preservatives which I’d love to try.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Satvik friendly
  • For Vegans, replace the honey with jaggery.
  • Do not give babies under a year old honey, make the kadha for them with jaggery.

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Makes 2 cups

4 cups of water

1 tbsp fresh grated turmeric/1 tsp turmeric powder

10-12 tulsi leaves

10-12 mint leaves

6-8 cloves lightly crushed

10-12 peppercorns, lightly crushed

4 cardamons, lightly crushed

1″ cinnamon stick, lightly crushed

1 tbsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ginger powder

1 tbsp ajwain(carom seeds)

1-2 tbsp honey or grated jaggery

2 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Take a saucepan and put it over medium heat.
  2. Add lightly crushed cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, ajwain, cardamom and dry roast them stirring all the time, till you get the aroma of the spices and the ajwain begins to pop.
  3. Add the water, be careful as water hitting a hot pan will make it splatter.
  4. Add turmeric, ginger, tulsi and mint leaves. Its best to tear the leaves up roughly.
  5. Let the water boil with the herbs and spices for 7-10 minutes or till the water reduces to half the quantity.
  6. Strain the liquid using a strainer and serve it hot.


  • Don’t add too much peppercorns, fresh ginger and cloves as it may cause a burning sensation in the gut.
  • Drink kadha either first thing in the morning or before going to bed. If cold symptoms are severe you can have it thrice a day.
  • Don’t force toddlers to drink a whole mug, a quarter cup or half is enough.
  • Giving it to babies, about 1-2 tbsp every day is good for their overall health. Don’t add honey for babies under 1 year old.

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  • The Girl Next Door

    December 25, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Ha ha, the Kadha I’m used to having since childhood looks just like a medicine and tastes bad! If Kadha looked like this, I wouldn’t mind drinking it at all! 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      This definitely is a much drinkable kadha. In fact have made a large quantity and put it in the fridge to have half cup everyday. I take out the required quantity and heat it up.

  • FoodTrails

    December 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    This is a keeper recipe for everyone.. especially in for winters. With all the spices gone into making this it is good digestive drink too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Swaty and yes its also very good for the tummy.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    December 26, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Wow Mayuri what a useful post in this season. I don’t like the taste of kadha at all. But your sounds healthy and yummy too. I would love to have a cup full of this hot kadha. It may give some comfort in this chilled weather.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Sujata, I too don’t like the bitter one so this one is really good and does help when one has colds and coughs.

  • poonampagar

    December 26, 2019 at 8:27 am

    This aromatic spiced kadha is such an effective remedy for all the seasonal ailments. Addition of sweetener likebhoney makes it palatable and flavorful too !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Poonam, it is aromatic and more palatable so I too like this kadha.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    December 29, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    We too make this but plus or minus a few ingredients. It really helps when you are down, though we do not take it every day in winters. I too drink before going to bed, as it helps to get a good night sleep too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 29, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Renu, every household has its own favorite kadha. I’ve been drinking it recently practically every day.

  • namscorner18

    January 6, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Wow. Something like this only I liked to learn through the theme. Power packed with lot of healthy ingredients. I am bookmarking to try it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 6, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Narmadha, different themes open up so many different dishes for us.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    January 7, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Such a beautiful color!!! Its beautiful!
    Love the kadha its something I too make but I don’t add mint will try that next time. Actually I need it right now I do have a running nose. I love it as it is effective as well as delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 7, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Archana, adding mint not only has health benefits but it also adds flavour, making the kadha more palatable.

  • Preethi Prasad

    January 19, 2020 at 6:46 am

    I love this kadha with honey.My mom adds raisins instead of Cinnamon. Would love to try your version too.Beautifully explained. Home remedies are the best when taken correctly.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 19, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Interesting to have raisins in kadha. I know that black raisins are good for health.

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