Kashaaya (Kaadha)

Decoction of spices

In Indian traditional medicine, this drink, prepared by boiling spices is used to treat sore throat, coughs and colds. Spices are the richest source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. 

Cumin seeds contain the highest amount of salicylates, the main component of Aspirin™.  

Pepper has digestion-enhancing properties and reduces intestinal gas formation.

Piperine in pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric and appears to stop cancer cells from growing. 

Coriander seeds and pepper provide anti-microbial protection. 

Turmeric has many medicinal properties. It can reduce the pain caused by arthritis and also inhibit the formation of some of the cancer causing chemicals.   



¾ cup cumin seeds

¾ cup coriander seeds

¼ cup black peppercorns


Combine all ingredients and grind to a coarse powder. Store in an airtight jar.



Serves 1 


1 cup water

1 tablespoon of kashaaya powder 

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric or a slice of fresh turmeric root, crushed 

½ teaspoon honey

¼ cup fat free milk

  1. Place water, kashaaya powder and turmeric in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until it is reduced to ¾ cup. Stir in honey and milk. Turn off heat.

  2. Strain and serve hot.



Dry roasting the ingredients of Kashaya powder will bring out the aroma.


Per serve: energy 308 kJ (73 cal); protein 3 g;

fat 0 g; saturated fat 0 g; carbohydrate 9 g;

fibre 1 g; calcium 110 mg; iron 2.88 mg;

sodium 37 mg