With Summer around the corner and the country under lockdown. Change of seasons almost always results in a viral fever or common cold. During the times of global apprehension surrounding Coronavirus it seems important to take every precaution to avoid, even the common cold. 

Since in India we share our homes with our parents, grandparents, children, siblings and their spouses etc., we need to not only take care of ourselves but also of our immediate family members.  

In such a scenario we have just the solution to help you practice a nutritious intake that strengthens the immune system for all the family members.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever

Believe it or not healthy lockdowns can be a thing with this recipe passed down by generations, a recipe as effective as it is timeless.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever. It has many names amongst different households like – kadha, kahwa, qaawaa etc.

  • Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 1-2

INGREDIENTS:

  • Water: 2 Glasses or 500 ml
  • Tulsi / Basil leaves, whole: 6-7
  • Ginger / Adrak, grated: 1 tsp
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Turmeric / Haldi powder: 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick / Dalchini: 1 to 2 inch
  • Carom / Ajwain: 1 tsp

Optional 

  • Lemongrass: As required
  • Black Pepper , whole or powdered: 3-4 or 1 tsp 

Before serving, optional 

  • Lemon juice: 1-2 tsp
  • Honey: 1-2 tsp

METHOD:

In a saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to boil two to three times. 

You will see the colour transform to a deep dark brown and the kitchen will start resonating with the aroma of all the wonderful spices and ingredients.

Strain the Kadha aka Kahwa aka Qaawa into a mug and serve to the ailing family member or just simply enjoy it as a replacement to tea or coffee.

Pro Tip: Once you are confident in your skills you can adjust the quantity of the spices and ingredients as per the preferred taste of the recipient.


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About a decade ago, a new trend took the whole world by storm. People started obsessing over health and nutrition (which is a great thing of course), they began to ponder what corporations and big companies were taking them towards and were  waking up to a whole new way of thinking. Suddenly, the word organic food was thrown around in mainstream media and everybody jumped onto the bandwagon.

So, what exactly is “Organic food”?

Simply put, organic food cannot be grown with the help of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge and ionizing radiation. Cattle, poultry, dairy etc reared for organic food consumption are similarly not treated with hormones, chemicals and unnatural antibiotics.

To be certified organic, farms have to go through strict checking and rules are different across various countries. There are government led organizations in almost all countries that are responsible for the certification of organic produce.

To be certified organic, farms have to go through strict checking and rules are different across various countries.

Coming to what organic means in India, this type of produce is simply what our grandparents and generations before them would eat every single day! Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers were introduced in the country much later than in our western counterparts. Also, the process of certification and checking is often times a very lengthy and expensive process. Small time farmers neither have the information or means to get their practice certified. And big corporations selling this so called “organic food” may very well be duping you extremely easily by just labelling their food organic without any noteworthy implementations.

So should you really go organic? 

Another recent study claims that all these extra health benefits of going the organic route is only healthy for the bank balance of the company selling you it. Studies show that a normally grown vegetable or fruit is not less healthy than an organically grown piece of produce. The health benefits are next to negligible especially because regulations surrounding organic foods are kind of blurry. 

The health benefits are next to negligible especially because regulations surrounding organic foods are kind of blurry. 

An organic farm next to normal commercial farm will in the course of time; share soil, nutrients, water and other environmental stimuli. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides may very easily penetrate into a neighbouring organic farm. Even genetically modified produce is impossible to discern nowadays! 

The only huge and seriously great positive impact of organic farming is the ecological benefit. Soil structure, water retention and overall environmental health is vastly improved due to organic farming practices. It helps in combating soil erosion, it helps in water conservation, it improves animal wellbeing and also reduces carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

So what are the ways to find authentic and cost effective organic food?

Organic food is all around you, it just needs to be sourced out.

Instead of maybe looking for labels and certifications, chat with local farmers and producers on their practices. Buying fresh local produce helps the environment, small business owners and the economy. Big corporations should be avoided – try taking a stroll in your local ‘mandi’ instead of filling up a cart at a supermarket. Even if the food isn’t organically produced, you will definitely be helping the environment and individuals with their economy.

Buying fresh local produce helps the environment, small business owners and the economy

Another great way to have organic produce is to grow your own food! It is pretty easy to set up terrace gardens and vegetable patches; and this can even be done in dense metropolitan cities. 

If you do decide to use certified products, a little research and cross questioning may help you find the real stuff. 

Also, support local merchants selling organic instead of big corporations. This will vastly help bring the prices down.

Ultimately, going organic or not is a personal choice; but we truly advise you do your research before you get into anything. All the best! Let us know in the comments below on what your thoughts are about going organic.



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