Kadha For Cold and Cough

Kadha is a home remedy for relief from cold and cough. This medicinal drink has lots of flavoures infused in it. There is no right or wrong method of preparation or quantity of ingredients for this. It varies from one household to another.

This recipe is used from generations in our family. One thing I can assure that it definitely is effective in relieving from cold and flu up to some extent. Surprisingly my little one liked it when I gave her this drink for the first time when she had cold sometime back.  WaterMark_2018-08-18-10-16-23.jpg

Note: This is not any kind of medicine to treat cold and cough. It’s to be used to get little relief from cold. This is not to be used for kids below 18 months old. 

Tip: You may choose to crush the ingredients little if preparing for adults. Use whole ingredients if preparing for kids.


  1. Bay leaves – 2
  2. Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Cardamom pods – 2
  4. Cloves – 7 to 8
  5. Black pepper (whole) – 10 to 12
  6. Cinnamon stick – around 1 inch
  7. Finely sliced ginger – around 10 slices
  8. Water – 2 cups
  9. Honey – As desired while serving

Method of Preparation:

  1. I used whole ingredients as I was preparing this for my five year old.
  2. In a saucepan, take all ingredients except honey.
  3. Simmer till the water quantity is reduced to half and all the flavours are infused into it.
  4. Switch off the flame and cover the saucepan. Let it cool down.
  5. Now strain the drink with the help of a strainer. This kadha can be stored for up to twenty-four hours.
  6. Take 10 ml of the kadha and add half tea-spoon of honey to it before serving.
  7. I generally prepare one cup of kadha and use it through out the day with two hours interval.

Sabudana Sevaiya Kheer

Sabudana aka Sagoo (Tapioca pearls) are used for preparing different types of dishes in different parts of India. It’s mostly used during any vrat or festival. It can be used in sweet or savory dishes.

Here is a sweet dish that I had prepared recently when my in-laws were around. They liked it a lot. Please read on further for the recipe. WaterMark_2018-08-18-09-25-46.jpg


  1. Sabudana – 1/2 cup
  2. Roasted sevaiya or vermicelli – 1/2 cup
  3. Milk – 3 cups
  4. Sugar – as per taste
  5. Dry fruits – a handful
  6. Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Saffron food colour (optional) – 1 pinch WaterMark_2018-08-18-09-31-31.jpg

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash sabudana well and soak in half cup of water for minimum of five hours.
  2. Dry roast dry fruits of your choice and keep aside to cool down. Crush the dry fruits coarsely once those are cooled down.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat milk. Add roasted sevaiya to the milk once it comes to a boil.
  4. Keep on stirring until sevaiya are half cooked. It will five to six minutes.
  5. Now add soaked sabudana and mix well. Let it boil for another five minutes with light stirring in between.
  6. Add sugar, food colour and cardamom powder. Stir well.
  7. Simmer the kheer to a desired consistency with continuous stirring.
  8. Switch off the flame and garnish with roasted and crushed dry fruits.
  9. Tastes good if served chilled.