Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has become even more important to keep up our immunity. While there is no substantial evidence to prove that a good immunity would help in treating or preventing such deadly viruses, but it can sure help during the times of common cold, flu and in maintaining an overall healthy state. Kadha has been an India's most treasured-traditional remedy for immunity. Call it our grandmother's nuskha, it has been working for people across the country for ages.
A concoction of seeds, spices and herbs, kadha may not really go well with our taste buds but can surely do wonders for our health. And that is why there are so many flavours and methods that have come up to make kadha more flavourful. Spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, basil, clove and turmeric along with honey are combined together for a soothing concoction of kadha. But what if you could make kadha out of your daily cup of chai? Sounds interesting, isn't it?
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Kadha chai is a quick, easy and refreshing recipe that packs the goodness of a number of spices along with tea leaves. In the recipe of kadha chai, black tea leaves are added to boiling water along with carom seeds, bay leaves, black pepper, cloves, green cardamom, ginger and turmeric. It is strained in a cup and finished with some lime juice and honey for taste.
The spices in kadha are known to have healing properties. Cardamom is a treasure of free-radical fighting antioxidants, while cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties. On the other hand ginger, is a traditional remedy of indigestion, flatulence, and bloating. Including it in your warm drinks could help treat throats and nasal infections. Topping it with honey is not just a taste enhancer but also a natural energy-booster and comes loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties that helps ease cold, cough and flu.
So the next time you are craving a cup of chai, make it healthier with this kadha chai recipe. Make sure to not have it every day as many of the spices are considered hot in nature, and excess of it might not go well with the health, especially during the summer season.
Find the full recipe of kadha chai here.
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