Friday, March 16, 2012

Spiced lemon grass tea

My association with the exotic lemon grass tea stated only recently. I saw this packet of dried lemon grass tea on the counter and picked it up on impulse. It was only after coming home, that I read what was on the pack. It was written that "" lemon grass tea is a caffeine free antibacterial and anti fungal and it can be used instead of regular tea leaves". That was enough to arouse my curiosity. I googled for the benefits of lemon grass and I was amazed by the information. 
I was surprised to know that lemon grass, apart from being an anti bacterial and anti fungal, is also a digestive and helps in digestion. It helps to cope with cold and cough. Lemon grass also relieves stress and lowers cholesterol. It helps in detoxifying the body and helps to cope with blood pressure. It aides blood circulation and relieves menstrual cramps. These pointers listed above are only a few among the many benefits. After reading through the article, for once I was happy about my habit of impulsive buying.
Lemon grass tea served hot or cold makes a very refreshing drink. It takes only a few minutes to make and will have an instant calming effect sans caffeine. I have used honey as a sweetener here. But you can use sugar to sweeten this as well.


Spiced lemon grass tea recipe:
Preparation time: 5min
Makes- 2 cups

Ingredients:
Dried lemon grass- 2tbsp
Water- 2 cups
Cinnamon- 1" piece
Cloves- 2
Cardamom- 2, deseeded
Ginger- 1/2" piece grated
Honey or sugar-to taste
Lemon juice- 1tsp

Method:
  • Take water in sauce pan. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and grated ginger and bring to a boil and simmer for a few min.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to stand for a minute.
  • Strain the liquid into cups. Add some lime juice and honey or sugar to taste and serve.



15 comments :

  1. In nearby stores i find this lemon grass.. I do not know in what dish they use it... now I can start trying it out... thanks for sharing the recipe dear...

    Learning-to-cook

    Regards,
    Akila

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  2. Very refreshing n flavorful tea.

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  3. Whoa! really? i dunno that, interesting huh. i'll try to make one for me
    great post and thank you for sharing. have a lovely day.

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  4. Nice tea and the pictures are lovely.

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  5. Informative post with a lovely drink.

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  6. Hi Nandita,

    Your tea sounds so delicious. I love all the health benefits of lemon grass, an even better excuse to keep drinking the tea. Can't wait to try it with the fragrant spices you used. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. P.S.

    Are you on Pinterest? If so find me I'm under SpicieFoodie, of course:)

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  8. Great tea and lovely presentation. Very very nice!nice space vth nice recipes,...visit mine when u find time dear...
    Maha

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  9. Definitely a refreshing drink and a healthy one too! good information.

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  10. Awesome! i want to try this , perfect for my hot hot hot summer :)
    thank you dear.

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  11. WOW!!!Looking for a perfect cup of lemon grass tea..thanks for the recipe dear.
    Anjana

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