Starting your day with a hot cup of soothing, brewed tea is an essential part of a healthy daily routine. Or even just having a cup of your best green tea anytime would light up your mood. An inherent part of several world cultures, tea connects people together. Women banter, friends converse, guests play indoor games, children solve puzzles over cups of this flavorful beverage. One of the most beloved drinks in the world is a hot cup of tea.
Making a cup of tea may seem like an easy task, but it’s not. Every person has their own taste and preference and making the perfect cup of tea involves skill, experimentation and finesse. There should be a balance of ingredients, the milk to water ratio must be just right, and it has to be brewed at the right time to bring out the flavours. Once you have acquired the ideal technique and recipe, go ahead and experiment!
Read on below to prepare the best tea recipes from around the world.
- Masala Chai – India
- 1 Tablespoon black tea leaves or Orange Pekoe tea
- ½ cup milk
- A pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
- 2 cups of water
- 2-3 powdered or crushed cardamoms
- Grated ginger – 1 inch
- 2 Tablespoons of sugar (you can add a bit more if you’d like a sweeter taste)
- In a vessel, add some water and allow it a boil
- Add in the grated ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and milk and let it simmer
- Once the water starts getting aromatic add in the tea leaves on a medium flame
- Allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes until it turns into a nice dark brown colour
- Pour the tea in a cup and add in hot milk. Serve hot with some tea-time snacks!
2. Mint Tea – Morocco
1. In a deep bottomed vessel, add some water and allow it to boil
2. Turn off the flame and pour a little water in a kettle
3. Add the sugar, mint leaves and green tea in the kettle and allow it to simmer
4. The kettle should be filled up with the rest of the water
5. Serve the tea hot and enjoy!
3. Teh Tarik – Malaysia
1. In a deep and heavy bottomed vessel, add some water and allow it to boil
2. Add in the black tea and allow it to simmer
3. Turn off the stove and add in the condensed milk and stir well
4. You can enjoy it hot or chilled, as per your choice!
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