Archive for the ‘Indian Beverage Recipes’ Category

Almond, Cardamom, Saffron Hot Beverage or Smoothie

June 16, 2008

In India this is called Almond Milk or Badam Dudh.

This hot drink is a favorite in North India. On cool nights the family gather before bed to enjoy this delicately flavored drink. Warm to hot milk is considered relaxing, nutritious drink. On warm days this drink may be made chilled in a blender and made like a milk shake.

Ingredients:
4 cups chilled/ warm milk
Ajika Sugar to taste
2 tsps rose water if the milk is chilled
Method:
Combine all ingredients.  Adjust the sugar. In case of chilled milk it may be blended in a blender.

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Mango Milk Shake – A refreshing summer drink

June 12, 2008

 

Ripe Mango Milk Shake” is rich in fiber and vitamin A.  It is most popular drink in the summer months in India.

4 cups milk
4 cups canned mango pulp 
a pinch of caramom powder cardamom seeds
1 tbsp. sugar or sugar to taste

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve.

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Indian Premium Teas – Organic

June 12, 2008

Some of the best tea in the world comes from India. India grows the most tea in the world and she boasts of having over 14,000 tea estates.  The best teas of India are grown orgainically.

The geography of India allows for many different climatic conditions, and the resulting teas can be dramtically different from each other.  India has 3 main places where exceptional tea is grown –

Assam – is indigenous tea plants of India. A full flavor, very satisfying tea. Assam teas are strong, well rounded and malty with rich aroma and flavor. Usually served with milk and sugar.
Darjeeling at 6,000 feet above sea level, boasts at least 68 tea gardens. This tea is the best in the world due to its perfect growing conditions: cool, moist climate, high altitude, sufficient rainfall, well drained sloping landscape, and soil rich in minerals.. This tea has a delicate and superior flavor. I call it the rejuvenating tea or the spa tea because of its fine taste.
Nilgiri is similar to Ceylon teas grown in nearby Sri Lanka. A full bodied tea with an excellent fragrance and flavor

Types of Indian teas
Black Tea : This is what most westerners would think of when they hear the word tea. Black tea undergoes a fermentation process as part of production. We carry the best Darjeeling black tea in the world in our store
Green Tea : This is what is commonly known as tea in Asia. Green teas are unfermented. We carry the best Darjeeling green tea in the world in our store
Oolong Tea : These teas are half way between green and black teas. They undergo a short fermentation process and so are often known as semi-fermented teas. We carry the best Darjeeling Oolong tea in the world in our store

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Indian Chai and Chai Masala Recipes

June 12, 2008

Indian Masala Chai is now famous all over the world with tea shops sprouting up globally.

Garam Masala Chai (meaning hot tea with spices) is often accompanied with samosas or pakoras (Indian savory snacks). In India there are Chai street vendors. They serve Chai in low fired clay cups called “kullarhs”, rustic hand made out of native clay in open fires. An average Indian has four chai breaks in a day.

Cardamom Chai  Serves 4
2 1/4 cups water
3 cardamom pod, whole, split
1/4 inch fresh ginger
2 cup milk
4 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoon strong black tea
Add cardamom, ginger, water and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil again. Add tea and bring to a boil again. Strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups and serve with samosa or cilantro chutney sandwiches.

Masala Chai Serves: 4
2 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods
1 1/4 inch cinnamon stick
1/4 inch fresh ginger piece freshly minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups water
2 tablespoons strong tea
2 cups milk
2 tablespoon sugar 
Add spices, water, ginger and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil again. Add tea and bring to a boil again. Strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups and serve with Indian savory snacks or cilantro chutney sandwiches.

Spiced Chai Serves 4
2 1/4 cups water
1 stick cinnamon
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
2 cup milk
3 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons strong tea
Add spices, water and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil again. Add tea and bring to a boil again. Strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups and serve with Indian savory snacks or cilantro chutney sandwiches.

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