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4 Spice Infused Superfood Tea’s

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I love winters. I love the crisp cold mornings (freezing cold + a layer of clothing= crisp cold :-)) Nikul and I were in Christchurch earlier this month for work and to see his friends and family back at what he calls home. Christchurch days and nights were freezing cold (layers did not work much) but the warmth of the lovely friends and family we meet made the trip very special. Another thing that made the trip very special was, celebrating our first anniversary in Hanmer Spring. Can’t believe its been a year already! There was a moment, when we were in 40degrees hot pools and looking out at snow peaked mountains and gorgeous winter skies- we stared and said that was a moment we would remember forever…

Food is always an essential part of get togethers (along with lots of laughs). And this time, we had absolutely delicious meals from aunthentic Indian food made with love by Chirag and our very dear Sweetu bhabhi to our dinner at Ahmad’s (Nikul’s best friend) place. While the highlight for Nikul was his most favorite aunthentic Pakistani biryani made my lovely Naushaba aunty, for me it was the super nourishing and delicious tea made after dinner to aid digestion. This tea is called ‘kawa’ in Pakistan and India and is our latest favorite thing after dinner every night. Thank you for teaching me Naushaba aunty <3

So here is recipe No.1 – Spice Infused Green Tea

Ingredients: (makes 2 cups)

3 teaspoons of crushed cardamon

1 teaspoon of greeen tea (Alokozay green tea available at Indian/Asisan groceries for aunthentic flavour)

2.5 cups water

Blend cardamom in a food processor. I blend a whole lot at once and store it in a container. Boil water in a pot, then add 3 teaspoon fulls of coarse crushed cardamom and let it boil covered for 3-4 minutes. Then add 1 teaspoon green tea leaves- cover and let it boil for 2 more minutes. Then turn the heat off, let the pot stay covered for another 5 minutes so that the flavours absorb throughly. Strain and serve warm.

Recipe No.2 – Turmeric and Parsley Tea

A very random combination experiment that turned out amazing! Always a success at cooking workshops and a super nutrious way to start/end your day…

Ingredients: (makes 2 cups)

2.5 cups water

1 inch fresh turmeric root

1 small bunch parsley

Add the water in a pot and bring it to boil. Add freshly grated turmeric and a bunch of parsley- roughly torn into pieces and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the pot rest covered for another 5-10 minutes so the tea cools and the nutrition and flavour of turmeric and parsley is further absorbed in the tea. Strain and serve warm.

Recipe No.3- Chinese Date/Ginger/Goji Berries Tea

I first tried this at a dear yoga teacher’s place for brunch. Later another yoga teacher and a dear friend, Mei said ‘Chinese always have this tea. It’s good specially for women due to all the iron in dates.’ One of my most favorites..

Ingredients: (makes 2 cups)

3 cups water

5 red dates (dried dates)

2 tablespoon ginger, thinly sliced

2 tablespoon goji berries

Rinse the dates and goji berries in water. Put them along with the ginger in a pot with water and bring to boil. Simmer the tea for 10-15 minutes on medium low, gently pressing the dates to release more flavour. Turn off the heat and strain to serve.

Recipe No.4- Healing Tea (specially good for coughs or recovering colds)

I never had the traditional Indian masala tea as a child, my mum kept us far off it due to the caffine content and its addictive nature. Instead she would make my brothers and I this tea, specially when we got cold/ flu’s and it actually taste great too…

Ingredients:(serves 2)

2 lemongrass stalks cut into pieces

1 inch freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger

5-7 leaves of basil or holy basil

2.5  cups water

2 teaspoon manuka honey

Add the water in a pot and bring it to boil. Add lemongrass stalks cut into pieces, ginger, basil leaves-roughly torn and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes on medium heat. Then turn off the heat and let the pot rest covered for 5-10 minutes. Strain and serve with manuka honey.

Enjoy these teas in cold wintery weather <3 <3

 

 

 

 

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