4 Unique Tea Recipe [+ Bonus Pakora Recipe]

by Apoorva Malhotra
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The wonderful monsoon season is upon us to finally grant us some respite from the unbearable summer heat and humidity. And as we enjoy the lush greenery of the plants and the musical pinging of the raindrops, monsoon primarily means one thing to most of us – chai, chai, and some more chai! It feels like it’s been forever since we were struck by the Dalgona coffee craze. However, we are now back to our humble roots, craving a perfect tea recipe to brew a delicious cup.

If you are on a quest for the best tea recipe, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise! We have five amazing tea recipes to suit your mood and your tastes! So go ahead and check them out:

Irani Chai Recipe

The Irani chai recipe has its roots in Persia. Thanks to the homely Irani cafes dotting our country, this chai recipe has a stellar reputation. The slow brewing of the milk-based tea imparts a rich and spicy flavor to the tea.

Ingredients

To make this at home, you will need:

  • Three tablespoons of first-flush Assam tea leaves
  • A cup of milk
  • Three tablespoons of fresh cream (whipped for a smooth texture)
  • One-piece star anise
  • Two pods of green cardamom (with seeds and skin)
  • One large pod of black cardamon
  • An inch-long stick of cinnamon
  • Five buds of cloves
  • Half a teaspoon of black peppercorns (whole)
  • Two tablespoons of sugar (or as per taste)
  • A cup of cold water

Method of Preparation

  1. Add the water to a heavy bottom saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stir in all the spices and let it simmer for at least five minutes.
  2. Now, pour in the milk and add two tablespoons of cream to the liquid. Once again, let it boil for another five minutes.
  3. Add the tea leaves and bring your tea to a boil for at least 3-4 minutes.
  4. Strain out the tea, stir in the sugar, and add a dollop of the whipped fresh cream for garnishing.
  5. Serve this tea with some Osmania or Fruitcake biscuits, and enjoy your little paradise!

Masala Tea Recipe

You could travel the entire world and dine at the fanciest restaurants. However, the soul-satisfying pleasure that you can get in a chuski of masala chai trumps everything else. Whether it is your favorite cutting at a local nukkad or a famous masala chai recipe passed down from your grandmother to your mother to now you – masala chai will always rule our hearts!

Ingredients

The masala chai recipe calls for the following items:

  • An inch of freshly pounded ginger
  • Two teaspoons of Assam tea leaves
  • A teaspoon of sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Two cups of water
  • Half a cup of milk
  • Masala chai blend (learn how to make it at home here)

Method of Preparation

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add the masala chai blend, ginger, and tea powder.
  2. Allow everything to simmer and boil for at least 4-5 minutes on a low flame.
  3. Pour in the milk and stir everything. Let it simmer until the tea acquires the perfect shade as per your preferences. You may transfer it from one pan to another to thicken it.
  4. Pass the tea through the strainer and serve hot! Try these with some pakoras or matthis for a wonderful experience.

Kashmiri Noon Tea Recipe

The Kashmiri Noon chai is truly unique and special. It has a vibrant pink color, which pairs well with the thickness, creaminess, richness, and the butteriness of the chai. It is loaded with nuts and spices, which basically makes with a royal dessert in a cup! This Kashmiri chai recipe is a must-try if you wish to give your tastebuds a treat.

Ingredients

To make this delicious tea, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Three tablespoons of Kashmiri tea leaves (Substitute with high-quality green tea leaves)
  • A quarter of a tablespoon of salt
  • Four cups of Water (two at room temperature and two at ice-cold temperatures)
  • Two cups of full cream, full-fat milk
  • 7-8 strands of Saffron
  • 6-7 pods of green cardamom (crushed)
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda
  • A teaspoon of sugar (or as per taste)
  • Slivered almonds and pistachios

Method of Preparation

  1. Pour the water in a saucepan and add the green tea leaves, crushed cardamom, and baking soda.
  2. Allow the water to reduce to half, which will take nearly twenty minutes. All the while, the tea will continue to steep in the warm water. Keep stirring the tea throughout the process.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour in the two cups of ice-cold water. Stir it vigorously until the pink color becomes prominent.
  4. Put it to boil once again, and let it simmer on medium heat for about ten minutes.
  5. Add the salt and sugar and continue boiling it. Stir the tea continuously as you pour in the milk and add the saffron.
  6. Boil the tea for about ten minutes as it will impart its flavor to the beverage. Remember, stir the tea.
  7. Finally, strain the tea into a cup and garnish it with slivered almonds and pistachio. The tea, by itself, takes so great that you wouldn’t want to have it with anything else!

Immunity-Boosting Tea Recipe

While we may love monsoon, the seasonal change can also affect your health. The cold and the sniffles make you want to crave a soothing, warm beverage even more. Now, what if we told you that you can add to your immunity and enjoy a piping hot cup of tea!

Confused?

Our immunity-building chai recipe will answer all your queries.

Ingredients

For the immune-boosting tea, gather the following ingredients:

  • Five cups of water
  • A peel of lemon
  • Two inches of fresh ginger, freshly pounded
  • Two inches of fresh turmeric root, freshly pounded
  • A pinch of red chili powder
  • A teaspoon of freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • A juice of one whole lemon
  • A teaspoon of healthy fat, such as virgin coconut oil, avocado oil, or grass-fed butter
  • A tablespoon of raw honey
  • A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Method of Preparation

  1. Add the water, lemon peel, ginger, turmeric root, red chili powder, and black pepper powder to a saucepan, and allow it to simmer.
  2. Let it simmer for at least 7-10 minutes on a low flame.
  3. Remove it from the heat, strain out the golden tea, and stir in the healthy fat and a splash of apple cider vinegar.
  4. Let the tea cool a little and then add the honey.

Mixed Veg Pakora Recipe

Since we are already talking about monsoon and chai recipes, can we even forget the crunchy, delicious fritters that are a perfect companion to all chai types? Sure, they may not be the healthiest food items on the planet, but their effect is undeniable! Here is a quick pakora recipe to complement the chai recipe. You can change the vegetables as per the availability and your preferences.

Ingredients

Here is a list of ingredients for crispy, hot, mixed veg pakoras:

  • Half a cup of Bengal gram flour (or besan)
  • A quarter of a cup of rice flour or cornflour (for the crunch)
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Two finely chopped green chilies
  • Two tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • A teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste
  • Half a teaspoon of garam masala powder (learn to make it at home here)
  • Half a teaspoon of carom seeds
  • Vegetables of your choice (peeled and roughly chopped or julienned)
  • Oil for deep frying the fritters

Method of Preparation

  1. Wash and place your vegetables in a mixing bowl. Salt them and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Now add the ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, salt, garam masala, coriander leaves, and carom seeds. Massage this marinade into the vegetables. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Sift in the besan and the rice flour/cornflour. Combine it all together. If the batter is too dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
  4. Heat a pan in a kadhai.
  5. Drop a tiny piece of the pakora to check if the oil is hot enough. If the pakora rises to the surface without browning a lot, then it is an indication of the perfect temperature. If your blob of pakora just sits at the base, then the oil is too cold. Similarly, if it starts charring, then the oil is too hot.
  6. Gently drop small pieces of the pakoras into the oil and let them fry for a minute or so, at least until they turn firm.
  7. Flip them over and cook on the other side. Take them off the heat when they are golden and crisp!
  8. Serve along with any tea recipe mentioned above. Don’t forget the ketchup or the mint chutney or the tandoori mayo!

A perfectly brewed cup of tea and hot and crispy pakoras, need we say anything more? Which of the tea recipes above are you eager to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 comments

Sonia Raghuwanshi August 27, 2020 - 7:11 pm

Your receipe s are just amazing…would appreciate if some starters receipe are given… thanks

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Jahnavi September 7, 2020 - 7:25 am

Sure, will have it covered in the next blog post!!! Thank you for your feedback 🙂

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