January 7, 2013

Rejuvenating Herb'n'Spice Tea

There is no real tea involved in this one. Just rejuvenating ingredients like fresh ginger, black-pepper, coriander, tulsi, and turmeric. This is inspired from "Chukku Kappi" and Coriander tea. There are some tastes and memories that stay with us for a life time. Chukku Kappi (dried ginger coffee) is one of those nostalgic tastes that I carry with me, along with the memories of an old Sabarimala pilgrimage with my grandma, uncle and cousin. Coriander tea is something that we had invented for rare late night movie sessions :-). Now here is something that we have been drinking every evening for the past week. It has been helping us with the cold weather outside and the sniffles and coughs inside :-)

  • Fresh ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Black pepper corns - about 15
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tspn
  • Tulsi - few leaves fresh or 1 tspn dried tulsi powder - I used contents from a bag of tulsi tea
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
  • Filtered water -  3 cups
  • Milk - 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Coconut palm sugar or Honey - to sweeten

  • Grate or crush ginger, crush pepper corns and coriander seeds (I use my spice grinder to do this)
  • Add the herbs and spices along with water to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • If not using milk, sieve directly to cups and sweeten according to taste and serve.
  • If using milk, add it to the simmering tea and heat thru and sieve into cups and sweeten and serve.
  • Makes 3 servings.