Saturday, September 19, 2015

HIBISCUS TEA



I had seen this recipe in the Master Chef India - season 4 (extra class session) by none other but Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. I had been wanting to try it out since a long time. Served hot or cold this tea is supposed to have lot of health benefits, specially in keeping the high BP under control. Therefore it is not recommended for those having a low BP. Research also shows that this tea can keep the obesity and diabetes under control.
Various countries have their own traditional recipes of making this beverage. Only the petals of this flower are used along with other ingredients like cinnamon, lemon grass, honey, lemons or oranges, ginger, cardamoms  etc etc.. to add to the flavour. You can try out endless variations.


Ingredients:
Hibiscus flowers ... 4-5
Lemon grass..... small piece
Cinnamon .......... 1 small piece
Ginger ............... 1 tsp
Lemon juice ..... 1 tbsp
Honey or sugar .. as needed


Method:
1. Wash the flowers well and separate only the petals for using. Discard the other parts.
2. Boil about half a litre of water and tip in the ingredients.
3. Add the lemon juice to get a lovely red colour. This was an important tip given by the chef.
4. Add the sugar or honey according to your liking.
5. Strain and serve it hot or chilled.

Important Note : This tea is not recommended for people with low BP 


18 comments:

  1. Delicious hibiscus tea shobhaji thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

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  2. I have only ever had hibiscus tea made from a tea bag - your recipe looks amazing, Shobha! Your tea must be so delicious and fragrant with all those lovely fresh ingredients. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  3. certainly going to try this tea when I can get some red hibiscus. Lovely colour.

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  4. We make it in the Caribbean with ginger and Clove and call it sorrel it is very popular and one of my fave drinks Sometimes for holidays we even add rum to it

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    1. Oh.. that's nice to know..Will try adding some next time.

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  5. Love the colour of your tea!! I have only dried teabags of hibiscus tea which was lovely but can't beat freshly made tea.

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    1. Very true Mina.. nothing like having it made from fresh flowers.

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  6. Never tasted hibiscus tea. Sounds flavourful and delicious. Loved it but as you said its not for me due to low BP. I really wish I could taste it.

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    1. Oh.. then don't have it dear. health comes first.

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  7. This tea looks so flavoursome and tasty, I love the rich colour too.

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  8. Lovely color shobhaji! i have made tea with dried hibiscus, such a pretty drink, with health benefits too!!!

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    1. Yes Priya .. it has lot of health benifits ..
      Thanks

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