Onam, Kerala’s most special festival is around the corner! Kerala is famous for its indigenous spices. And one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala is tea plantation. This blog takes a trip down the hilly tea plantation with a pinch of spices to celebrate Onam. The most benevolent and much loved king Mahabali visits his people once every year on Onam. Keralites welcome the most generous king they had by arranging pookalam using garden flowers and preparing traditional sadhya with 21+ dishes served on plantain leaf. Whoever, no day in Indians life is complete without tea. As it is Onam, we curated 3 special teas using indigenous spices from Kerala to have a complete Malayali feel! Try this at home and enjoy the mallu vibe sipping them!
Cardamom Tea when infused in water, they release bioactive ingredients which makes the tea a high therapeutic value drink. Adding fresh farm milk to this enhances the taste of cardamom tea. Even the black tea of cardamom tea is good to taste. Idukki, a hill top in Kerala is the most popular producer of cardamom. Also known as Eliachi, Cardamom is supplied in the local market as well as has got high exporting value. Green Cardamom is of high demand as most of the cardamom available in market is in dried form.
1 cup water
⅓ cup milk
1 teaspoon black loose tea leaves
2 green cardamom
sugar to taste
Peel the cardamom and take out the seeds. Crush them using a mortar & pestle. Set aside.
Heat water in a pan on medium flame.
Add crushed cardamom seeds.
Once the water is hot, add the milk and also the sugar.
Let the milk & cardamom comes to a boil.
Add the tea leaves and simmer for a minute or two. Simmer more for a stronger chai.
Strain the chai into the cup using a strainer.
Ginger is the most inevitable spice among Indians. From the Rhizome family, the root is taken as spice. Adding the fresh juice or crushed ginger to tea can add flavor to tea. A cup of green tea is good for to stay free from nausea and gastro intestinal problems. Gingerol contained in Ginger is a powerful medicinal property. Wayanad is famous for the production of Ginger in Kerala.
2 cups Water
1/2 inch Ginger (Crushed)
1 and 1/2 tsp Black Tea Leaves
2 tsp Sugar
3 tbsp Milk
Heat water in a pan.
Once the water comes to a boil, add ginger in it and let it boil for a minute on low heat.
Add tea leaves and sugar and again boil for a minute.
Now add milk and let the tea boil for another minute.
Strain using a tea strainer and serve immediately
Good in taste, cinnamon tea offers several health benefits. The bark of the tree is used as spice to add flavor to tea. The sticks are either steeped into boiling milk with tea powder to get perfect cinnamon tea. Loaded with antioxidants, it protects your body from oxidative damage in cells. Kumily, the boarder of Kerala and Tamil Nadu is the largest producer of Cinnamon.
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup (8 oz. or about 250 mL) boiling water
1 tea bag
½ cup Milk
Sugar to taste
Place the cinnamon stick in a mug.
Add the boiling milk water mix and steep the cinnamon stick tea, covered, for 10 minutes.
Add the teabag. Steep for one to two additional minutes. Remove the teabag and cinnamon stick.
Add sugar, if desired.
Tell us which Kerala spice is more mesmerising to you while adding in Chai! Hope you had a good Kerala travel story reading this blog.