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.
Hibiscus flowers ... 4-5
Lemon grass..... small piece
Cinnamon .......... 1 small piece
Ginger ............... 1 tsp
Lemon juice ..... 1 tbsp
Honey or sugar .. as needed
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
love to try thisReplyDelete
Thanks Babitha :)Delete
Delicious hibiscus tea shobhaji thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Swathi :)Delete
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.ReplyDelete
Thanks for liking my recipe April ..:)Delete
certainly going to try this tea when I can get some red hibiscus. Lovely colour.ReplyDelete
Nice to know that.. you will like it !!Delete
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 itReplyDelete
Oh.. that's nice to know..Will try adding some next time.Delete
Love the colour of your tea!! I have only dried teabags of hibiscus tea which was lovely but can't beat freshly made tea.ReplyDelete
Very true Mina.. nothing like having it made from fresh flowers.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
Oh.. then don't have it dear. health comes first.Delete
This tea looks so flavoursome and tasty, I love the rich colour too.ReplyDelete
Lovely color shobhaji! i have made tea with dried hibiscus, such a pretty drink, with health benefits too!!!ReplyDelete
Yes Priya .. it has lot of health benifits ..Delete