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Happiness is a cup of tea
November 13, 2019 | 6:38 PM
by Oneza Tabish
 
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If you love tea here are some flavoursome options that are truly sip worthy.

KARAK CARDAMOM CHAI

Ingredients

• 2 cups of water



• 4 cardamom pods, crushed

• 2 teaspoons black tea leaves



• 1/2 cup milk

• 2 teaspoons sugar or as per taste

Preparations

• Add water, tea leaves and crushed cardamom to a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

• Allow it to simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes, till the colour of the water changes.

• At this stage, add sugar and simmer for another 3 minutes till the water turns deep red and the sugar has dissolved.

• Finally add milk and simmer for 2 minutes.

• Turn off the heat and strain the tea through a sieve and pour into a cup.

• Serve hot.



ICED MINT LEMON TEA

Ingredients

• 1/3 cup sugar

• 2/3 cup water

• 1 cup mint leaves,crushed

• 6 tea bags

• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

• Sparkling water

Preparations

• Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.

• Boil over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

• Add mint leaves. Mix well and let this syrup cool.

• Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water. Let the tea steep in the hot water for about 5 minutes.

• Let the tea cool completely.

• Combine the sugar mint syrup, tea mixture, lime juice in a pitcher and top with sparkling water and ice cubes. Stir well.

• Serve cold , garnished with lime wedges and mint sprigs.



SPICED MILK TEA (MASALA CHAI)

Ingredients


• 2 cups of water

• 3 teaspoons sugar

• 3 teaspoons black tea leaves

• 1/4 cup milk

• 1/2 inch cinnamon stick

• 2 cloves

• 3 green cardamom pods

• 1 inch grated ginger

Preparations

• In a mortar and pestle, coarsely crush the spices. Set aside.

• In a saucepan, boil water and add the crushed spices and ginger. Boil for about 3 minutes.

• Add sugar and the tea leaves. Simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.

• Add milk and simmer for another 2 minutes.

• Pour the tea into mugs using a tea strainer.

• Serve immediately.



KASHMIRI PINK TEA( NOON CHAI)

Ingredients


• 2 cups of water ( room temperature)

• 2 cups of cold water

• 2 cups full cream milk

• 3 tbsp green tea leaves

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 star anises

• 3 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

• Pinch of saffron strands

• Sugar to taste

Preparations

• Pour 2 cups of water, green tea leaves, cardamom pods, aniseed, cinnamon stick, saffron and baking soda in a saucepan.

•Bring to boil on medium heat until the water has reduced to half while stirring. This would take about 20 minutes.

• Once the water has reduced, turn off the heat and add another 2 cups of cold water (this helps in getting the pink colour).

• Stir well and leave it to boil again for around 10 minutes on medium heat.

• Add sugar, milk and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes.

• Strain the tea into cups and garnish with a few saffron strands.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’

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