My special Rose and Cardamom TEA, available at all Chaayos outlets.
This is one of my favorite tea recipes and is very special to me. You’ll enjoy making it as much as you’ll savor sipping it. It’s completely tealicious. You can make it yourself and if you are in Delhi, you can also go to one of the Chaayos tea café outlets and enjoy my aromatic cuppa there.
KEY INGREDIENTS Black Tea/Green Tea Cardamom Edible Rose Water Organic Sugar
Depending on the servings, add crushed cardamom to boiling water (1 cardamom pod per cup). Then add organic tea to pre-boiled water and let it brew. Strain and serve it in your cup. Now, add edible rose water to your tea (2 tsp/cup) and stir it up. Add sugar as per taste. If you don’t find edible rose water in the market, no problem. You can make it right in your kitchen. I’ll blog about it soon.
On a day, when you want to escape to planet RELAX. This is a harmony tea tonic.
“What we believe to be one of the most fascinating benefits of drinking tea for athletes is the role of L-Theanine, an Amino-Acid in Tea that results in the state of ‘Relaxed or Mindful Alertness’. Meditators have been cultivating ‘Relaxed Alertness’ through meditation for years, a state which is experienced in peak states of play, and which can be experienced through the act of drinking Tea.”- mindandsport.org
“As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing.” – Kristin Chenoweth
Yes, definitely. Sometimes, life gets better when you jazz it up a bit, so does tea. But what kind of flavor tea you are having, defines if it’s healthy or not.
Flavored teas are becoming popular on account of varied tastes to suit an individual’s taste buds. Generally, black, green and oolong teas are used for flavoring and they are infused with fruits, flowers, herbs, organic essential oils and spices, to bring out the perfect blend. Teas like vanilla, mango, peach, strawberry and cardamom are flavoured with organic essential oils. But as flavored teas, with their strong added flavors, dominate the taste of tea, many manufacturers tend to use lower quality tea leaves for perfect flavoring. Sometimes, the flavours are also compromised using cheap and artificial essential oils. So, make sure to buy tea that uses high quality full leaf tea leaves as base, and organic essential oils and herbs for perfect flavoring. The idea should be to always mix health benefits with good taste because that’s what teaconomics is all about.
“Tea is like a library, where every book has a purpose”- Love for Tea
Yellow tea and me, it was love at first sight. I was in Hong Kong for work and I wanted to check out some local tea cafes during my stay. It was a bright chilly afternoon and I walked by Lock Cha Tea Shop, right in Hong Kong park, which seemed like a nice quiet pleasure in the busy city. When I walked in, I felt pure tea-nirvana.
The place is a tea museum and the entry is free. It’s very vibrant and has lot of stuff going around, from display of ancient tea pots, tea making equipment, lessons on how tea should be served, tea-wares consulting, to tea etiquette and whole lot of tea inspiration. Lock Cha Tea shop is a very traditional place where one can truly experience Chinese culture and where people are always thrilled to serve you some tea. The tea shop is equally spirited with a wonderful menu of more than 100 kinds of tea, with clear explanation about their flavors.
There was a tea-tasting ceremony happening at the tea shop and I just flew for it. It was a beautiful and a spiritual experience, that felt like a cross-country road trip along with tea, with so many varieties of tea and flavors, known and unknown, on the way. Here, I tasted yellow tea and it was sunshine in my cup.
“Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept.” ― Frances Hardinge
“If you are cold, tea will warm you,
If you are too heated, it will cool you,
If you are depressed, it will cheer you,
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
And if you need more reasons to drink tea,
Come and join me.