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Kadha/Herbal Spicy Tea is a homemade healthy hot drink that helps to fight colds, coughs and flu during the cold or rainy seasons.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course herbal, traditional remedy
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 cups


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated turmeric or 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 inch cinnamon stick lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp ajwain
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or grated jaggery
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Take a saucepan and put it over medium heat.
  • 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.
  • Add the water, be careful as water hitting a hot pan will make it splatter.
  • Add turmeric, ginger, tulsi and mint leaves. Its best to tear the leaves up roughly.
  • Let the water boil with the herbs and spices for 7-10 minutes or till the water reduces to half the quantity.
  • 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.
Keyword healthy kadha recipe, homemade herbal tea