Are you a tea person or a coffee person? I am both. I love having tea/coffee made in authentic manner and I also keep on experimenting with different combinations every now and then. Having a cup of tea/coffee does not only awaken you but it also gives a dose of antioxidants depending upon the ingredients.
A few weeks back I was surfing something and I read a lot about herbal teas. This grabbed my attention and that’s where I realized to replace my evening traditional masala chai with herbal tea.
I am sharing my all time cult favourite herbal tea recipe here. Perfect for the cosy winter evenings!
Ingredients for 1 cup tea:
- Water: 2 cups
- Cinnamon: 1 small stick
- Cardamom: 1 pod
- Clove: 1 pod
- Ginger: a small piece
- Fresh mint leaves: 12-15
- Jaggery: 1 small piece
- Grind cinnamon, cardamom and clove in khal batta (mortar and pestle).
- Crush ginger with khal batta or whatever tool you have.
- Cut mint leaves roughly with hands into halves.
- Put water in a pot and bring it to boil.
- As soon as water is about to boil, add other ingredients and let it boil on medium flame.
- When the tea is halved, turn off the flame and cover pot with lid for 2-3 minutes.
- Strain the tea and serve in a cup/mug.
All the herbs/spices chosen have unique medicinal, therapeutic benefits and are widely used in Indian cuisine.
- You can also add milk and water in 1:1 ratio but this tastes better in alone water. I have experimented with coconut milk but I find it more flavoursome without milk.
- Grinding spices in khal batta is the traditional way to grind spices, which gives more flavour and taste over electric mixer grinder.
Caution: Although all the herbs/spices chosen are extremely good for health but anything is beneficial only if taken in LIMIT. Anything in excess is not good. This reminds me of the popular saying in Sanskrit: “अति सर्वत्र वर्जयेत्”.
Let’s see the health benefits of each ingredient:
This antioxidant rich spice is well known for anti-inflammatory benefits. It also protects health of heart and manages blood sugar level. This precious herb is widely used in Indian curries/masalas. Cinnamon mixed with honey is often used to treat pimples.
This spice is not just loaded with the mouth-watering aroma but has a lot of health benefits too. It helps in digestion, controlling blood pressure level and is good for oral health. Cardamom is extensively used in Indian sweets such as kheer, halwa, sheera, firni etc etc. I think it is added in almost every sweet even in sweet milk.
Cloves are tremendously helpful to improve liver, lung and oral health. Clove oil id often used to treat toothache. You will find it in any ayurvedic tooth powder/toothpaste.
Ginger is beneficial in improving digestion and to fight against infections. It is very commonly used with lemon juice and honey to prevent/treat cough and cold. It also helps in controlling blood sugar level.
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh mint leaves, the powerhouse of refreshment will give you the instant “wake me up” feeling and the boost you need to freshen up from tired day. Mint leaves are beneficial for digestion, oral care and skincare.
This natural sweetener is rich with many minerals and anti oxidants. It gives instant energy, is good for digestive problems, it helps in purifying blood and much more. Apart from being a sweetener, jaggery is the source of potassium, magnesium, iron. Jaggery is usually served with Indian meals. Some people like to have a small piece of jaggery with fennel seeds or carom seeds (ajwain) post meals to improve digestion.
So, ditch the colas or sugar overloaded drinks, blend and brew up something of your choice. Treat yourself a delicious herbal tea. I am yet to try out floral teas. Till then, do try this recipe and let me know how you found it. I am eager to know your cult favourite tea/coffee recipes!!!
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