Kadha (Kahwaa) – Cough & Cold Home Remedy

One needs to be extra careful when the winter sweeps in and at the time it’s leaving. It’s an age old saying “watch yourself from coming winters and leaving winters”. We are prone to get caught in cough and cold during this season-change time.

This time I couldn’t save myself from the trap of cough and cold. However, as far as possible, I stay away from popping pills, and have those only if it’s really necessary. I’m firm believer in age-old home remedies and luckily they work for me.

Taking a hot glass of turmeric milk is common practice in my household when affected by cough and cold, and when cough and cold brings along with it sore throat and body pain then this age old kadha recipe comes to rescue.

Kadha ready to serve
Kadha ready to serve

It’s a simple kaadh or kahwaa but it’s very effective. It’s made from dry spices, holy basil (tulsi leaves) and fresh ginger that are easily available at our homes.

Spices used in Kadha
Spices used in Kadha

It can be taken by anyone – elders as well as children. While making for children just reduce the quantity of black pepper.


Makes 1 cup

  • Black peppercorns: 5-6
  • Cloves: 3-4
  • Cardamom: 2
  • Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
  • Black cardamom: 1
  • Fresh ginger: ½ inch
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi leaves): 5-6 leaves
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Ghee: 1 tsp
  • Honey: 2 tsp


  • Take all the ingredients except turmeric powder and crush them.
kadha crush the spices
Crush the spices
  • Take 2 cups of water, add all the crushed ingredients, turmeric powder and simmer on low flame for 15 minutes .
Boil the spices in water
Boil the spices in water
  • Keep it covered and reduce the  water to half.
  • It will attain nice golden color. Strain it and add honey and ghee. I use home-made ghee instead of ready-made one.
  • Have it as soon as you make it. Drink it hot sip-by-sip.
Soothing hot kadha
Soothing hot kadha

You can keep the residue left after straining kadha and make the next batch of kadha from it. You can have it twice a day.

These dry spices give much needed warmth to body while ghee loosens the dry cough. It also soothes throat and relieves body pain.

Best part is it tastes really good and has a strong flavor. I’m fond of its strong flavors and heavenly aroma. In winters, sometimes I skip my evening cup of tea and have this kadha instead.

Whenever I catch cold, sipping this kadha is all I want, this gives me comfort. Just make sure you don’t drink water immediately after having it, wait for some time.

Don’t take this as a medical advice. It’s an age-old recipe of my family and it give us relief from cough and cold. I hope this helps you too.