Cocoa et Curcumin
While it's wonderful to have a cup of creamy, rich, delicious hot chocolate on a cold winter day, we have something even better, and as our holiday gift to you guys, we are going to share our top-secret recipe for Cocoa et Curcumin (no, seriously, it's under a trap door guarded by a three-headed dog)
What is this elixir, you ask? Well, it's The Chai Bar - Herbal Immuni'tea Booster - Malhar Kadha combined with some delicious cocoa. Yes, it can be made using plant-based milk too, (in fact, that's all Sargam uses anyway)
I know, you think you have pretty sophisticated taste buds, but... Turmeric?? Hot Chocolate ??? Wait, don't write us off just yet; here is a cup of healthy hot chocolate, loaded with the goodness of superfoods like turmeric, ginger, pepper, and more, just enough to give your immunity a hand while tasting delicious and creamy blended with dark cacao. Guys, it is comforting and so good for you. Chai it, you'll love it.
The use of Cocoa is as ancient as it gets. It was first used by the Maya civilization. It was introduced to Europe in the 16th century and quickly became popular as a health-promoting medicine.
It is rich in antioxidants via Polyphenols, has the ability to lower blood pressure, Cocoa is rich in Flavanol and improves the level of nitric oxide in the blood, relaxing arteries and improving blood flow, so it is good for the brain and the heart. Cocoa has positive effects on mood. This may be due to Cocoa's flavanols, the conversion of tryptophan to the natural mood stabilizer serotonin, its caffeine content or the sensory pleasure of eating chocolate.
A concoction of steeped herbs and spices, Kadha/ Karha is an age-old Ayurvedic home remedy. Our herbal kadha has a mix of several Ayurvedic herbs and spices.
These pacify the Vata and Kapha, stimulate digestion, increase immunity, and also detox our body. Malhar Kadha, amongst other herbs and spices, has a large amount of Turmeric, aka Curcuma longa. It is an ancient spice related to ginger. Often known as the goldenspice because of its vibrant orange-yellow hues, it has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years.
To know more, read our blog on Kadha The Immunitea Booser.
Tur-mer-ic / Too-meric, however you say it, this root is a spice in disguise.
We can't possibly list all the amazing benefits of turmeric because there are just so many, but to name a few, it has mood uplifting curcumin with the ability to ease depression, fight off a variety of viruses, including the flu, helps relieve the severity of high cholesterol, diabetes, stress and we've heard it's good for joints too! (No, not those kinds of joints!)
Our 100% Natural TURMERIC TEA can be consumed for additional relief from the early signs of sickness like a runny nose, cough, cold, headache, itchy throat, body aches, mild digestive ailments, and weakness.
So boiling down to it (see what we did there), Malhar has plenty of health benefits, so does Cocoa; adding turmeric to hot chocolate gives it a savory undertone. If you need an excuse to drink more hot chocolate, this tea can perk up your mood, fight off seasonal sniffles, and keep you chipper all winter long.
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
*This immuni'tea booster is intended to be used in combination with a sound diet, ample exercise, social distancing, good personal hygiene, and rest.
While it's rare to drink too much turmeric tea, a super high dose of turmeric might cause side effects. Certain medications don't pair well with turmeric, so always touch base with your doctor before adding additional supplements or herbs to your diet.
Malhar Kadha -
Aroma: Mildly Spicy & Vegetative.
Head Notes: earthy from turmeric;
Body Notes: warm gingery;
Tail Notes: zingy. (Adding lemon and honey will make the tea taste citrusy and sweet)
Color: Turmeric Yellow
Our herbs and spices are synergistically sourced, we aim to cultivate environmental stewardship, and respect cultural identity!
Gluten-Free; Fat-Free; 100% Organic; Plant-Based; Vegan; Sugar-Free; Blended and packed in Philadelphia.
Recipe for a medium strength kadha brew-
Bring 3 cups water to a rolling boil
Add 3 tbsp The Chai Bar, Malhar Tea
Let it boil for ten minutes on a medium flame or until the water boils down to 1.5 cups.
Strain and drink.
Read more about Malhar Kadha here.
You can also add 1tsp honey to soothe a sore throat.
Recipe for Cocoa et Curcumin
- Malhar Kadha 2 tsp
- Cocoa powder 0.5 tsp
- Bittersweet chocolate chips 2 tsp
- Heavy Cream - 1oz
- Water 3 tbsp
- Milk 3/4cup
You can skip the heavy Cream and add full-fat oat milk or unsweetened almond milk for a less heavy, no-moo-brew.
1. In 1/2 a cup of water, add 2tsp Malhar Kadha and brew for 5 mins (or 3 mins for a mild tea), then add cocoa powder, stir until smooth.
2. Add the bittersweet chocolate, sugar, whole milk, heavy Cream, and Malhar, Cocoa mix
3. Bring it to a simmer.
4. Top it with Whipped Cream (optional)
You can make your own Coconut Whipped Cream for a plant-based brew.
We hope you enjoy your daily boost of wellness with this tealicious hot choc.
Until next time,
Co-authored by Sargam Merchant and Madura Chaudhari