Mint & Moringa Iced Tea

September 28, 2017mayurisjikoni

MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017

THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES

RECIPE: MINT & MORINGA ICED TEA

Mint & Moringa Iced Tea is not only a refreshing and cooling drink to enjoy during the summer months, but also very nutritious. Easy to make if you have moringa powder at hand.

What Is Moringa?

Moringa is considered as the ‘new’ superfood with plenty of health benefits. Also known as drumstick tree, the tree of life, horseradish tree, ben oil tree etc. One can consume the pods, flowers, seeds and leaves of this tree. India is the largest producer of moringa. My all time favorite is making the pods or sarghvo as its called in Gujarati. Check out my sarghva nu shaak or Drumstick Curry recipe.
Did you know that it is related to the cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc?

Nutritional Value of Moringa Powder

  • Moringa powder is a rich source of protein, 28g in every 100g. It’s one of the few plants that contains what is known as the complete protein. It easily can compete with animal based protein. It contains all the essential amino acids.
  • Besides being rich in protein it is also rich in Vitamins A,C and E, calcium and potassium.
  •  Fights free radicals in the body to and therefore helps to keep the organs healthy.
  • Also fights inflammation which is good to for inflammatory diseases like arthritis, respiratory problems and cardiovascular diseases.
  • And, It also helps to lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol.
  • Did you know it also helps to balance hormones in the body and improves digestive health.

Include Moringa  In Your Daily Diet

While it is not possible for everyone to enjoy the benefits of fresh  moringa leaves, the pods, flowers or roots, one can easily include moringa powder in their daily diet. Nowadays it is easily available online, in health stores and pharmacies too. Add it to smoothies, oats, salads, soups, in milk or as a herbal tea.

In fact ever since women groups in Kenya have started drying and grinding the moringa leaves, I buy the powder and add it to my smoothie, soups or make herbal tea. Not only am I supporting these women groups but also adding nutritional value to my diet.

If fresh moringa leaves are available, add them to your pudla (cheela), muthiya, sabjis, dals, parathas. Whenever I am able to collect fresh moringa leaves (from our community hall area), I wash them, dry them and freeze them. Then as I need, add them to theplas, muthiya, handvo, sabjis, etc.

Whenever I go to the market, I buy drumsticks or the pods. These I wash and cut into about 3 inch long pieces. Most of them I use to make saragva nu shaak. Some I freeze so that I can add to sambar, dal dhokli.

Theme For Blogging Marathon – Protein Rich Dishes.

Since I decided to portray that vegetarians too have their sources of protein, I had to do quite a bit of research. It has not been easy to get 26 protein rich vegetarian dishes. I could have taken the easy path by creating dishes using beans, paneer, eggs, etc. But I have tried to include ingredients that we never thought would be protein rich. And Moringa is one of them.

By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source.

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Mint & Moringa Iced Tea

As such moringa powder on its own has a slight bitter and somewhat spicy taste. This is because of glucosinolates which contributes to the pungent taste. When fresh moringa leaves are cooked, the taste is a bit grassy. To make the tea more palatable, I always add fresh herbs like mint or holy basil (tulsi).  I prefer mint as it adds natural sweetness and flavour too. If you like matcha powder than you will like moringa powder.

If you heat moringa powder it loses its nutrients. So if you prefer hot herbal tea as opposed to cold one, then best to allow the boiled water to cool down a bit and then add the powder.

Some More Iced Tea Recipes:

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Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a creamy, refreshing and delicious beverage. What I like about this version of the authentic Thai Iced Tea is that it is not too sweet and is much lighter.
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WATERMELON ICED TEA
Watermelon Iced Tea is a refreshing, cooling, flavorful summer time drink. Easy to make at home, it is free of any artificial flavorings or colour. A healthy drink to sip on while you laze in the garden or take it along for a picnic.
Check out this recipe

Ingredients Required For Mint & Moringa Iced Tea

  • Fresh Mint Leaves – I take about ½ – ¼ cup of mint leaves.
  • Moringa Powder – best to use an organic one without any additives.
  • Cold Water – chilled water
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – add according to your taste.
  • Sweetener – I prefer to use honey or maple syrup. You can add sugar, jaggery, or other sweeteners like stevia. For vegan version omit honey and instead use maple syrup, or other vegan friendly sweeteners.
  • Salt – I like to add Himalayan Rock Salt or Sendha Namak.
  • Ice Cubes – optional

MINT & MORINGA ICED TEA

mayurisjikoni
Mint & Moringa Iced Tea is not only a refreshing and cooling drink to enjoy during the summer months, but also very nutritious. Easy to make if you have moringa powder at hand.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Kenyan
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup water normal
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves tightly packed
  • 2 tsp moringa powder
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp honey/maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice
  • tsp rock salt
  • some ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Put the mint leaves and water in a blender.
  • Process till the leaves are crushed completely.
  • If you like you can strain the mint water or leave it as it is.
  • After straining the mixture, return it to the blender.
  • Add moringa powder, honey, lemon juice and salt.
  • Process for a few seconds so that the moringa powder gets blended completely.
  • Pour the liquid out into a jug and chill it in the fridge for 1-2 hrs.
  • Just before serving fill 2 glasses with ice cubes.
  • Pour the mint and moringa tea over the ice cubes.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy a cool refreshing healthy drink.

Notes

  • Some articles claim that adding moringa powder to hot water destroys the nutrients. To be on the safe side I don't add it to anything that is really hot.
  • Add fresh herbs of your choice like basil, tulsi, etc.
  • Use a sweetener of your choice like sugar, jaggery, stevia, etc.
  • I strain the liquid for hubby but mine I don't as I love mint.
  • Process it well if you are not going to strain the liquid.
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25 Comments

  • vaishali sabnani

    September 29, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Yes in Gujarat thee drumsticks are normally made in yogurt and chickpea gravy , personally I am very fond of these drumsticks, but I like the idea of this iced tea , it looks super refreshing .

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    September 29, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Wow.. Tea with moringa leaves.. Totally healthy ,because i always had as a soup and this tea will be just perfect for me.. Will prepare this for me someday..

  • Srivalli

    September 29, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Oh that's an excellent drink…did you make the Moringa powder yourself or store bought?..love the green colour and must have been so refreshing!

  • Archana Potdar

    September 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    This iced tea sounds delicious. I love the thought of using powder this way I can include in dals and vegetables and no one will know. Thanks. Will wait for the rains to subside then dry the leaves.

  • Anonymous

    September 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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    Plz respond as I'm looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.

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  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    September 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    wow moringa powder in Tea? That's brilliant. Great way to include moringa in every day recipes. Great share Mayuri.

  • Priya Suresh

    October 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Wow very unique iced tea, and moringa powder in tea thats seriously amazing. Love the colour of the iced tea Mayuri.

  • Prathima Shivraj

    October 2, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Soo refreshing to sip any time..

  • Sapana Behl

    October 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Wow I never knew about Moringa leaves. The iced tea looks very refreshing with mint leaves.

  • preeti gupta

    October 5, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Very refreshing and healthy tea recipe..

  • Ruchi Indu

    October 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    very refreshing drink. Loved the recipe.

  • Azlin Bloor

    June 13, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I’m definitely going to have to try this, never thought to have moringa in a cold drink like this. Sounds good, with the lemon, mint and honey.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Azlin, enjoy it when you try the recipe out.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    April 2, 2022 at 12:05 am

    5 stars
    Wow, moringa tea ! sounds interesting. Moringa adds the nutrition and mint adds a lovely flavour. Must be tasting awesome. I will try sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Shobha,my everyday afternoon drink in Mombasa as I didn’t like having hot tea due to the heat. I love this tea so much. Waiting for the summer to enjoy it.

  • Seema Sriram

    April 5, 2022 at 3:03 am

    5 stars
    What an excellent drink, I love the colours and the flavour of this iced tea. Certainly going to take them to work every day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Seema, enjoy the iced tea at work,it is not only refreshing but healthy too.

  • Preethicuisine Preethicuisine

    April 5, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Mint moringa iced tea is so refreshing . Lovely tip to add moringa powder to the cold water to retain the nutrients. Love the colour of the Tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. The colour is mostly from the moringa powder.

  • Priya Vj

    April 5, 2022 at 10:05 am

    5 stars
    Moringa leaves is indeed a powerhouse of nutrients but sadly it is very under rated but glad that it is now being used by many in various ways. I loved this healthy iced tea that you have made with 2 power-packed herbs mint and moringa… best for the summer heat

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2022 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you Priya, besides being a refreshing drink for summer it is an everyday healthy drink.I have it whenever I can.

  • Chef Mireille

    April 7, 2022 at 1:35 am

    5 stars
    What a beautiful color. Makes it so inviting, but the flavor with the mint and moringa balance of flavors is just delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 7, 2022 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille, the colour is primarily from the moringa powder. Yes, the main flavour is from the mint.

  • Mina Joshi

    April 7, 2022 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    I love this cold mint and moringa tea. A great way to have a healthy drink. Now that it’s getting warmer, I will try making it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 7, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. The women group I bought the powder from recommended that I don’t heat the moringa powder as it loses its nutrients. Therefore I have it in cold or room temperature water.

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