I’m writing this with my brother Jack in mind as I know he’s feeling a little under the weather right now. Kada is a traditional Indian herbal tea that is very popular all over India due to it’s healthy and revitalising properties. It’s good for coughs, colds, sore throats, aches and pains. It even helps with digestion. Plus the aroma and taste of this drink is incredible. In short, it’s an absolute banger.
Kada is a staple here at Sapna Ranch, someone always brews a fresh batch in the morning and then again in the evening. The little tea urn that sits on the side in the kitchen is always full with hot, healthy, herbal goodness.
The quantities in this kada recipe have been tweaked and perfected by Hasmukh, the owner of Sapna Ranch. Multiply the quantities depending on the amount of people drinking.
Kada tea recipe
Enough for 1 person
- 6 lemongrass leaves
- 1/2 thumb fresh ginger, freshly grated
- 1 cardamon pod, lightly crushed
- 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tspn black pepper
- small sauepan of water
Cut the lemongrass with scissors (otherwise you’ll cut your hand, the leaves are sharp) and tie into a little bundle using one of the leaves.
Place the pan of water on the hob. Add the lemongrass and ginger into the pot first as this will take longer to diffuse. Next add the cardamom, cinnamon and pepper.
Bring everything to the boil then cover with lid. Turn off the heat and leave to stew for 5 mins.
N.B. Keep the pan and its ingredients to one side as you’ll be able to get at least two more brews from it. The only thing you will need to add in each time is freshly grated ginger.