Henna's Tea

I know how it sounds but don't be crazy, you can't drink henna leaves. I don't know what that'll do, maybe turn you red or brown, or green. Most likely purple. I won't even try.

This is how Henna made tea when she was in a good mood:

  • Take 1 cup water and put to heat.
  • When it comes to boil, lower the heat and add following:
  • Allow to simmer till aroma exudes.
  • Take a deep breath, take a moment away from everyday troubles and lose yourself in the aroma. But don't take too long.
  • Add 1 cup milk, preferably whole milk. Raise the heat (but not too much, else you'll burn the milk!)
  • Bring the concoction to boil.
  • Lower the heat again, and allow to simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Cover and take off heat. Keep aside for a minute.
  • Strain and serve piping hot.
  • Sip! don't gulp.

» Preparing Chai Masala: (See? I told you I'll talk about this too)

Take the following:

Grind all the mixture together into powder. This is Chai Masala. Label it well.

Half Milk Tea

And this is how my mom makes bed tea every morning:

  • Take about 2½ cups of water. Boil it.
  • Now add 2 cups of milk and 2 teaspoons of regular tea leaves.
  • Add 3 teaspoons sugar. It depends on your taste of course.
  • If you want to make it into a special kind of tea - add some grated ginger here. You can also add 3-4 crushed cardamom pods at this point.
  • Let if boil.
  • Your cardamom/ginger/plain tea is ready.
  • Strain and serve piping hot.
  • Sip! don't gulp.