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Immunity-boosting kadha: Covid-19 survivor shares recipe that helped her

Drink the kadha two times a day for immunity, suggested chef Anahita Dhondy.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 20, 2020 6:28:38 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating the use of traditional Ayurvedic herbs and spices for building immunity to fight the current health crisis. He has often stressed on the importance home remedies to ward off not just seasonal niggles like cold, cough and flu, but the coronavirus. Which is why, many people have been consuming immunity boosters regularly. While there are numerous ways in which a kadha or ayurvedic herbal drink can be prepared, here is a simple one that we came across on social media.

What’s special about this one, you ask? The recipe is from a Covid survivor and “warrior” who drank the kadha twice a day, shared chef Anahita Dhondy, while demonstrating how to make it. Take a look at the post below:

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Sharing a family recipe or well an Indian recipe of a home remedy for cough, colds and flu! This one is by @arshitabkapoor a Covid survivor and warrior and this is what she has to say "This kadha is really a life savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, precautionary and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur!" So while it's got all these spices which are anti inflammatory, what really caught my eye was the addition of black pepper. Did you know? While black pepper may seem like an odd addition to the mix, its presence plays a substantial role. The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs. So with the monsoons upon us, and the situation with Covid, this drink can be made and had an home. It's soothing and delicious and well most importantly really good for you. Have it hot or warm, twice a day! Fresh turmeric and basil from @krishicress Hope you enjoy this easy recipe from our home, #TogetherAtHome we'll keep cooking (and drinking) everyday! #HappyCooking #Happydrinking #stayhome #staysafe #quarantinecooking #kadha #ayurvedic #ayurvedicdrink #immunitybooster #homeremedies #homecooking #chefanahita #chefathome #easypeasy #stepbystep #recipevideo #homerecipe #cookingwithchefanahita #eatwell #homemade #stayhomestaysafe

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Here’s what the survivor Arshita B Kapoor had to say about the kadha, informed Dhondy: “This kadha is really a life-savour. Helped me get through covid, and also build immunity. Drink this twice a day, and you will surely feel stronger! I like my kadha to be tasty also, so I always added extra cinnamon and gur (jaggery)!”

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Here’s the recipe.


Moti elaichi
Fresh turmeric
Black peppercorns
Honey or jaggery

Health benefits 


Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.


Helps relieve sour throat and helps keep the body cool.


Boosts the body’s immune system.

Black peppercorns

High in antioxidants, and helps the body absorb turmeric.


Rich in antioxidants.


*Peel fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. Crush both using a mortar and pestle.
*In a pot, boil water and add turmeric and ginger.
*Add all other spices.
*Boil it for 20-30 minutes. Add jaggery or honey for sweetness.

How to have it?

Heat it and keep having it throughout the day.

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