Ginger & Lemongrass Tea

September 12, 2021mayurisjikoni

EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY

THEME: GORGEOUS GINGER

RECIPE: GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA

Ginger & Lemongrass Tea is a soothing, comforting, invigorating and delicious way to enjoy tea. Aromatic and healthy, making this tea is so easy. With the cold season just round the corner, it is time to buy some fresh ginger and add to your tea.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA

Enjoying at least one cup or mug of Ginger & Lemongrass Tea a day has many health benefits:

  • aids digestion
  • relieves tummy cramps
  • prevents nausea
  • remedy for cols and coughs
  • prevents bloating
  • anti inflammatory properties

WHAT IS GINGER?

Ginger is not a new ingredient for me as it is widely used in the Indian Cuisine. In fact I use it on a daily basis in my curries, dals, pulaos, some flatbreads and even tea. I don’t like drinking plain tea. So, I tend to add fresh ginger or Tea Masala. In fact even the tea masala has ginger powder along with other spices.

Ginger is a flowering plant which originally was grown in South East Asia but is now grown world over. Belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, it is a close relative of Turmeric. It is the root or rhizome of this flowering plant that is commonly used.

Traditionally, ginger root was and still is used as a medicinal remedy for stomach ailments, right from cramps to bad tummy bugs.

Ginger can be consumed fresh or in the powder form. Nowadays dried ginger powder tablets too are available. Ginger is a common spice used world over in various desserts and savory dishes.

 

SOME GINGER DISHES YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT

I love making Lemongrass and Ginger Jelly as a refreshing and cooling summer dessert.

Ginger Ale Punch makes a delicious and cooling drink for guests who don’t drink alcohol.

Baking  delectable Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies was a daughter mother Christmas project two years ago.

Gingerbread and Oatmeal Bread makes a delicious holiday season bread. We love to have it for breakfast.

Lemongrass and Ginger Infused Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream – yes, take it from me ginger pairs well with pineapple.

Caramel flavour from the jaggery makes these Wholewheat Jaggery and Ginger Cookies, perfect for Christmas for the family and to give as edible gift to friends.

Ginger Nut Cookies are my favourite. A little hard to bite into on their own but dunk it in your tea or coffee and its a lovely gingery treat.

Love adding ginger to my Carrot Soup.. a good balance of sweet and pungent flavours.

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THEME: GORGEOUS GINGER

This exciting theme, was suggested by Kalyani who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds. In fact, as Indians we need no introduction to this essential ingredient. As I love fresh ginger tea, it was time that I had the recipe on my blog. And the opportunity arose when Kalyani suggested this theme.

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SOME SUGGESTIONS HOW TO MAKE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GINGER TEA

Today I have shared the typical Indian style Ginger Tea recipe which is commonly known as Adrak Chai. Usually, Adrak or Ginger Chai is enjoyed with a hot snack at teatime.

  • One can use only ginger or add fresh mint, fresh tulsi (holy basil) instead of lemongrass.
  • If you don’t want to consume milky tea, then just omit it. Add some lemon or orange slices. Add a bit of lemon or orange juice.
  • Don’t want to add tea leaves? Well then, go ahead make it with only ginger and lemongrass.
  • You can replace black tea with green tea if you wish.
  • Hot Ginger & Lemongrass Tea with turmeric and honey without milk is a common drink that we consume when we come down with colds and coughs. It helps to sooth a sore throat.
  • Try Ginger and Cinnamon Tea as a different flavoured hot drink.
  • Hot Ginger Toddy with Cinnamon is all you need in the evenings to relax and curl up on the sofa with a hot mug between your hands.

INGREDIENTS REQUIRED FOR GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA

Fresh Water – from the tap or bottled

Milk – dairy or any nut milk

Fresh Ginger – peeled and minced or grated. If you don’t have fresh ginger, use powdered but the taste will be a bit different.

Lemongrass – preferably fresh. However, can use the powder. Or replace it with fresh mint or Tulsi (Holy Basil).

Sugar – any of your choice. I like to use brown sugar or honey. For a vegan version can use maple syrup.

Tea Leaves – Generally when I make spicy tea, I prefer using loose tea leaves. However, when not available, I add tea bags. Can replace black tea with green tea.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR STEP BY STEP METHOD:

 

 

 

GINGER & LEMONGRASS TEA

mayurisjikoni
Ginger & Lemongrass Tea is a soothing, comforting, invigorating and delicious way to enjoy tea. Aromatic and healthy, making this tea is so easy.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • cups water
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, the green part
  • 2 tsp black tea leaves loose
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3-4 tsp brown sugar/ honey

Instructions
 

  • Put the water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cut the lemongrass into smaller pieces using a pair of scissors.
  • Add ginger and lemongrass.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add tea leaves, sugar and milk.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour the tea through a fine sieve into mugs or cups.
  • Enjoy Ginger & Lemongrass Tea on its own or with your favourite snack. My favourite is to dunk buttered bread in it.

Notes

  • Use fresh mint or holy basil (tulsi) instead of lemongrass.
  • Use a sweetener of your choice, white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.
  • Can enjoy this flavourful and healthy tea without milk. Can add lemon or orange juice if you wish.
  • Add some whisky and cinnamon instead of milk. Enjoy a hot toddy.
  • Best to use fresh ginger, but if you don't have any then use ginger powder.
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4 Comments

  • karen

    September 12, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I have all of the ingredients!! This sounds wonderful!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      Try it Karen, it is a very soothing tea.

  • CAMILLA M MANN

    September 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    This looks so warming and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you Camilla, perfect for the upcoming cold season.

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