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Close up view of kadha served in 2 glasses

Kadha (Spiced Herbal Drink)

Kadha, a Spiced Herbal drink for cold, cough, and fever is a decoction of herbs and spices used as an age-old remedy to boost immunity and fight infections.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Herbal Drink, Herbs, Spices, Tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre



  • 2 cups - Approximately 470-500 ml of Plain drinking Water
  • 1 teaspoon Carom Seeds
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • ¼ inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 8-10 Whole Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tulsi powder or 8-10 Fresh Tulsi leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery - Marble size - Optional


  • In a pan, add in the water.
    Water for Herbal Drink
  • Add all the ingredients except Jaggery in water.
    Spices and Herbs for Kadha
  • Now let the water come to a boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, simmer the water for 10-15 minutes, until it reduces to half.
    Water Boiling along with spices and herbs for Herbal Drink
  • In the last 1 minute, add jaggery and simmer the water until the jaggery dissolves.
  • Switch off and cover with a lid for 5 minutes. This helps all the spices and herbs to infuse.
  • Strain the mixture using a strainer.
  • Drink it as hot as you can, as you are sipping tea. (For kids warm is better)



  • Standard US Size Cups used.
  • Jaggery is only used as a sweetener and is optional.
  • If you are outside India, you might get Tulsi in Asian Shops.
  • If not, you can try powder form or just skip it.
  • For kids, they can have this warm in smaller portions like 1/4 cup.
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