Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tea

#Tea : Tea as a beverage has actually originated from China. They consumed tea for medicinal purposes. Slowly it has become the most popular beverages of the world. Britishers introduced Tea plantation and tea drinking culture in India.
Preparing Tea is an art. There are different methods of brewing tea. Mostly boiling water is poured over dried tea leaves to get the tea decoction. Chinese used to consume tea without cream/milk.
But we used to drink tea by adding milk along with sugar to the tea decoction.

In North India tea is prepared by adding tea leaves/powder, Ginger, cardamom, masala powders with the milk. It is boiled for sometime to get the desired taste. The taste of this tea is strongly flavored with masala than the aroma of tea.
But I used to make tea with or without masala but allow it to brew for 2 minutes or less than 2 minutes only.
This way I try to get the taste and aroma of the tea.
Here let me present my way of preparing tea with ginger.

ginger tea

Ingredients given below are enough to prepare two tea cups. 
Ingredients :
2 Tsp                                 Tea leaves
2 Tsp                                 Sugar
1 cup                                 Water
3/4 cup                              Milk
1/2 inch                              Ginger, clean and smash [ optional ]

ginger smashed

Method :
Boil water in a vessel.
When water begins to boil, then turn off the stove.
Add tea leaves.
Then add ginger[ if desired ].

tea and ginger added to boiling water

Keep it closed with a lid for 2 minutes.

tea brewed for 2 minutes

After 2 minutes, strain the decoction through a tea filter into a cup.

filtering tea

Meanwhile boil milk in an another vessel.

Milk boiling

Now mix decoction and milk.

black tea and milk

Add sugar and mix well.

Black tea and milk mixed

Pour into a tumbler.
ginger tea

Serve hot by keeping the tumbler inside another small bowl called dabaraa.
This is the traditional way of serving foaming tea in Tamil Nadu, a state of India.

tea served in dabara set

You may like to try these Green Tea with herbs :


Green Tea with Tulsi
Green Tean with Sweet Lime
Green Tea with Mint
Green Tea with Lemon