Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fresh homemade herbal teas beat costly 'dip' bags handsdown!

If you like black, green or basically no-milk teas, then you will like herbal decoctions as well. I have experimented with a lot of spices and herbs, ranging from cinnamon and fenugreek to tulsi and oregano and realized that all of them taste fab. On days when you are free, you can try mixing and matching the ingredients, else make these 'teas' with just one or two herbs or spices.

  1. Take a teaspoon of whatever spice reflects your mood on that day, say fenugreek, cumin, pepper, coriander seeds, dried chamomile flowers or liquorice (adhimadhuram), fresh mint, tulsi or oregano, crushed turmeric or ginger.
  2. Add it to a cup of water, bring to a boil, switch off the stove.
  3. Close the vessel and let it infuse for a few minutes.
  4. Filter the tea, dilute it if you like it light, or have it as such with a spoonful of honey, palm sugar or palm jaggery (karupatti).
Honey combines beautifully with most herbs and spices. A dash of lemon also goes well with most of these teas, so feel free to add half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice per cup of tea.

I would suggest you keep changing the spice or herb everyday so that you get the balanced benefits of all these. Each of these ingredients has some medicinal value, which is good in moderation. But, as we know, too much of even a good thing might be harmful.

However, if you keep changing your herbal teas everyday, then you are sure to enjoy the variety not just in the flavour and aroma, but in the health benefits too!