Kaadha is a natural herbal drink prepared with herbs and spices, it is traditionally used in Indian homes since time immemorial. Kadha has been a part of every Indian home and every family has its own version of Kadhaa. This immunity-boosting drink is consumed in chilling winters to provide warmth to the body especially given to those suffering from cough and cold. Kaadha gained a lot of attention in the light of Covid-19. It is prepared by boiling several herbs and spices on low flame till the decoction is reduced to half. Continuous simmering infuses the water with all the properties of the herbs and spices. Kadha recipe is among the most sought-after recipes for immunity boosting during this pandemic time.
There has been no claims and study that can assure that kaadha is a sure shot remedy to prevent Coronavirus spread but we have testimonies of several corona survivors who have shared their story as to how drinking kaadha three times a day helped them during their stint with the virus.
What is kadha and why did it become so popular during the pandemic
Kadha is an Ayurvedic drink prepared with an array of herbs and spices. It is prepared with all-natural ingredients and is believed to have an immunity-boosting ability.
Ingredients Used In This Immunity-Boosting Kadha Recipe
Almost all the ingredients used in making Kadha are regular kitchen ingredients that are already present in your kitchen.
Ministry of Ayush has encouraged the consumption of Kadha in its guidelines published for boosting immunity.
We will be using the ingredients suggested by Ayush Mantralaya along with a few more ingredients. This is the recipe of kadha that we are following to make kaadha at home for almost 4 months now.
Tulsi has Vitamin C and Zinc, both are helpful in boosting immunity.
Ginger is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may help in boosting immunity. If you are keeping up with the developments in the wellness field you would have certainly heard of Immunity booster ginger shots.
High amount of antioxidants in Cloves prevents the damage caused by the free radicals in the body.
Cardamon is also packed with Anti-oxidants thus it will fight the free radicals. Cardamom is used in Ayurveda for several remedies including Sore-throat, congestion, bad breath, and respiratory disorders.
Cinnamon is a versatile spice. it will not just strengthen your immune system but it will also help in fighting inflammation.
Black Pepper Corns
It is also packed with immunity-enhancing properties. according to this study ” Black pepper and Cloves are natural agents that can promote the maintenance of a healthy immune system”
Sliced Turmeric Root
Turmeric is revered as the Golden Spice owing to its several health benefits. it is a powerful immunity booster with its Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, and Anti-bacterial properties. Curcumin is the most abundant and active compound present in Turmeric.
Lemon is again a rich source of Vitamin C. Adding a few drops of Lemon juice to kadha will also balance the spicy taste.
Jaggery is optional in this recipe. I have noticed that adding jaggery to Kadha makes it more soothing to the pallet.
How To Make Kadha At Home: Kaadha Recipe
Take 500 ml. of water and add the herbs, spices, and Jaggery to it.
Keep keep in high flame to bring it to boiling temperature
Reduce the flame to the lowest, cover the pan and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes.
Strain and serve the kadha.
Recipe For Making Kadha
Kadha Recipe for Boosting Immunity : Herbs and Spices Indian Drink
- Water 500 ml
- Holy Basil (Tulsi) 5-6 Leaves
- Ginger Shredded 1-2 tsp
- Turmeric Root Slice (1-2 inch) 2
- Black pepper Corns- 8-10
- Cloves -5
- Cinnamon stick 2"
- Green Cardamom : 3
- Jaggery 2 tsp
- Take 500 ml of water in a pan
- Add the herbs and spices
- Bring to boil in high medium flame
- Cover the pan and simmer the Kadha for atleast 20 minutes
- Check after 20 minutes, the decoction must have reduced in quantity now.
- The color of the decoction will also be darkened.
- Strain and serve
- Add 3-4 drops of Lemon juice (fresh) and enjoy the sips of your Kadha.
Hindi Names Of Spices And Herbs Used In The Kadha Recipe
Holy Basil: Tulsi
Black pepper Corn – Kaali Mirch, Gol Mirch
Cinnamon – Dalchini
Cardamom – Elaichi
Clove – Long
Turmeric Root – Kacchi Haldi
Ginger – Adrak
Jaggery – Gud
Lemon Juice – Neebu ka ras
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Karishma loves everything that makes life simple and happier. Cooking is her stress buster as she loves to cook for her family and friends. She blogs at Nature’s Best Home Remedies.. An entrepreneur by profession she is a doting homemaker and a curious learner.