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Top 10 Indian Tea Recipes
Last Updated : May 03,2017
Tea: A Cup for Every Occasion
More than being a beverage, tea is an experience! The warmth of the tea cup resonates from the fingers curled around it to the very soul of the person relishing it. Whether it is rainy, cloudy, sunny or cold, everybody likes a cup of tea in the morning and in the evening. The experience only gets better when the tea is accompanied by crunchy savouries, fluffy cakes and the chatter of friends and family.
The expression ‘my cup of tea’ was not phrased casually. It has a very deep meaning. Everybody likes their tea a particular way (and only that particular way), and that is their cup of tea. Some like their tea black, others with milk, some with sugar, others without, some with spices, others plain, a dash of lime in their tea makes the day for some, while a sprig of mint peps others up. Eventually, the phrase ‘cup of tea’ came to mean something you like. When you say something is not your cup of tea, it means you do not like it. That is how closely tea has been associated with a person’s lifestyle, since time immemorial.
Indians like their tea a bit spicy and peppy! For many, a perfectly made cup of Masala Chai or tongue-tickling Jaggery Tea is as rejuvenating as a spa treatment. Simple, plain Brew Black Tea made the traditional way tastes much better than dip tea, and is the standard breakfast accompaniment for many. Sweet and milky Elaichi Tea is not everybody’s cup of tea but chaai-lovers can comfortably down a cuppa even on a sweltering summer’s day!
Come cold or flu, the first thing we think of making is a cup of tea to comfort the body and mind. A cup of Herbal Caffeine-free Tea made with tulsi and laced with lemon is sure to put you on the right track, while a glass of Tulsi Tea or Honey Ginger Tea will shoo away the cold. Perk up your mood with a peppy glass of Honey Lemon Tea or soothe your sore senses with a spice-infused Kashmiri Kahwa.
The Indian tea repertoire is quite exhaustive and you can find a cuppa that matches your every need! Just get started on the tea trail and you will find it to be a lifelong, adventurous journey with not a single boring moment.
Top 10 Indian Tea Recipes
Curling your fingers around a steaming hot cup of Masala Chai, slowly sipping the invigoratingly flavoured and aromatic beverage, is like spending quality time with a friend! It can soothe you when you are unwell, rejuvenate you when you are tired, and revive your spirits when you are bored. Turn to this recipe, to learn the perfect way of brewing this magic potion, with the right proportions of chai masala, ginger and other peppy ingredients. Savour the Masala Tea hot and fresh, and avoid reheating it, because that makes tea slightly bitter.
There is more to tea than meets the eye. Do you know the the tea of every region has a different character? Even tea of the same region has a different aroma, flavour and strength depending on when it is harvested! To appreciate these differences and lose yourself in the true, deeper magic of tea, you need to try it black, without milk. Black tea is best made with tea leaves rather than dust, which has a tendency to get bitter.
Most popular tea brands have a version of pure tea leaves, and it is clearly mentioned on the box too. This recipe shows you how to brew the perfect black tea. Enjoy this light and refreshing drink as it is or with a dash of honey or a little sugar. You may also add a few slices of peaches, strawberries or lemon to this tea to make a more exotic drink! If so, add the fruit slices towards the end of the infusion time, not letting it soak for more than 1-2 minutes.
Comforting and refreshing at the same time, this Tulsi Tea, with its unmistakable herbal accents is a wonderful cure for sore throat.
While the anti-viral and soothing properties of tulsi are well-known, what makes this remedy all the more effective is the addition of lemon juice, which helps cut through the mucus, increases salivation to lubricate the throat, and improves your immunity with its anti-oxidant powers.
Of course, the blend of herbal and lemony flavours is also a hit with the palate!
A cup of Lemon Tea is just what you need to shoo away the gloom! With a refreshingly tangy taste tinged by the exotic sweetness of honey, this tea is sure to rejuvenate your senses and make you feel fresh as a daisy.
Enjoy it in the company of friends, and watch the effect double. You can also try other recipes like the Tulsi Tea
and Fresh Herbal Tea
Kashmiri Kahwa, a classic drink from the Himalayan valley, is a soul-warming drink that resonates with the power of Indian spices.
Here, green tea is infused with a range of spices including cinnamon and cardamom, and served with a touch of saffron and a garnish of chopped almonds.
Indeed, this is one exciting cuppa that you will love to smell, sip and bite too! You will find that the Kashmiri Kahwa will instantly perk you up with its amazing aroma and flavour.
You can also try other unique drinks like the Orange Green Tea
and Phudina Green Tea
This soothing and aromatic tea is great for relieving stress and also a good remedy for a cold and cough. Also ginger acts as an anti inflammatory agent to the body and all of us have unseen and seen inflammation of the body. So this is an ideal Tea to have in the morning when you get up.
Try other Indian drinks like Masala Chai
or healthy Whey Soup
and Nourishing Barley Soup
Being completely caffeine free, this Tulsi-based herbal tea is a guilt-free cuppa that you can have any time you are feeling down. Tulsi, also known as Indian basil or holy basil, has many medicinal properties. It is a great stress reliever and an effective remedy for cold and cough too. Also note that iron-rich jaggery is used instead of white sugar. You may also add honey to your Herbal Caffeine-free Tea if you like it that way.
Jaggery Tea is a soul-warming drink that is ideal to have during the monsoon. It is made by boiling palm jaggery with hand-ground spices like pepper and coriander seeds.
Traces of cumin and a strong flavour of dried ginger add to the refreshing flavour of this drink, making it the perfect cuppa to sip on, when you are tired or down with cold
Black Tea is one of the simplest and most refreshing drinks, forged with the cultures of most world communities. When you visit some places, ‘tea trails’ are part of the heritage and cultural tours. You will realize in such occasions that every tea has a character of its own.
Having your tea black helps you experience the characteristics of different types of tea – its colour, strength, flavour, etc. Here is how to make the perfect Black Tea, sweetened with sugar. It is important to dissolve the sugar completely in the boiling water first before adding the tea, to get the correct strength and consistency.
Serve Black Tea with Jar Snacks
like Baked Puris
, Cheese Chilli Frisbees
, Herbed Sticks
In India, chaai is one beverage that transcends all seasons. Even in the sweltering summer, when you do not feel like having anything hot, everybody yearns for a cup of milky tea to boost their senses!
And when that tea is perked up with flavourful and aromatic cardamom, it is all the more exciting to the taste buds. Enjoy this tea hot and fresh with your favourite savouries, over the company of good friends, and it becomes an experience to remember.
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