Saturday, May 17, 2008

Kuwaiti Tea

Its funny how tea, originally from China, has been changed and adapted to fit the tastes of different nationalities. Tea spread to Japan from China and became a drink of the upper classes (from it was born the famous Japanese tea ceremonies). In Britain, tea is still very traditional - steeped in hot water, mixed with warm milk. In the US, tea has become synonymous with Chai, except for the southern states, where sweet iced tea is common.

India has the largest tea drinking population in the world! Taiwan is home to the bubble tea, or tea mixed with tapioca pearls and condensed milk. In the Middle Eastern countries, tea is steeped in hot water with saffron and spices. And that's what I've made today. And it was quite lovely. Tea is so versatile that it absorbs the flavors of the spices and/or fruit/flowers that you add to the hot water while steeping.

Kuwaiti Tea
(adapted from here)

1 pinch saffron
1 cup water
2 cardamom pods, broken
2 tea bags
1 tsp ginger, minced

Heat the water in a saucepan, adding the ginger, cardamom and saffron. When it reaches a boil, add the tea bags and allow to steep for about a minute. Strain and serve. Add sugar, if you'd like.

Traditionally, there is no ginger, but I wanted that extra zing.

This is off to EC at Simple Indian Food for Think Spice - Think Cardamom. Thanks for hosting - I've now discovered a new tea option!

I'm also sending this to Siri for the AWED: Middle Eastern Cuisine event. This is going to be so much fun - what a cool theme, Siri! AWED was started by Dhivya with a Mexican theme - you can see the fabulous round-up here.

And this is part of the RECIPE MARATHON. Do check out the other recipes posted today as part of the Marathon:
Bhags' Tomato Shorba.
Dhivs' Bhindi Jaipuri
Swati's Dum Ka Murg Zafrani
Divya's Peas Kurma
Valli's Chicken Semi Gravy.
Raaga's Masala Lauki Chana Dal
Lakshmi's Sour Cream Cake and
Siri's Baked Cauliflower!

And believe me, if I could've sent it to any more events, I would have! :)


Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Nice post the banter behind it. I'm a through & through coffee person, but love the variety tea seems to offer. Very nice...

easycrafts said...

Adding saffron to the tea would be the highlight I suppose...thanks for sharing this unique tea variety and participating in the event

kamala said...

Nice information and adding saffron to tea is new to me.Liked the color

bhags said...

I think we Indians are the only ones who love their tea with milk.....this tea idea seems a nice one with saffron in it

sowmya said...

liked the idea of adding saffron...nice entry..

bee said...

you could send this for the middle eastern cuisine event at siri's as well.

bee said...

you could send this for the middle eastern cuisine event at siri's as well.

Uma said...

What a lovely idea to add saffron to the tea. Nice one.

Srivalli said...

picture looks great anu!...

Rachel said...

The pic is making me crave for that!!

Arundathi said...

@ pb&b - thanks! I became a coffee person too when I moved to the US, but quickly came back to this side, as you said, because of the versatility.

@ EC - You're welcome. Saffron is definitely unusual, but the tea tastes wholly of cardamom, which is why I submitted this recipe!

@ Kamala - Thanks! I loved the color!

@ Bhags - Yes, definitely a nice option for milk-less tea.

@ Sowmya - Thanks!

@ Bee - thanks. Didn't know about that event - will do!

@ Uma, Valli, Rachel - Thanks! :)

ranji said...

oooooo this tea sounds wonderful!!!i am a coffee person but do like to enjoy the flavor of tea ones in a while!!!good presentation too:)

D said...

I am a great fan of tea and prefer that over coffee. Thanks for such a lovely and quick entry dear. :D Looking forward for some more..;)


Jamie said...

Lovely entry Arundathi. I LOVE tea, absolutely can't get enough of it. I will definitely try this recipe!

Purnima said...

Wonderful post on tea, Aru. Thanks for sharing (i hv seen this tea locally, never googled over it though! Tks for sharing,wd try it for hub a die hard tea fan!)

Pixie said...

My husband is going to love this tea- I think I'm going to love this tea too but I just found out I have to avoid spicy foods- not happy!

Thanks for stopping by the past few days it was much appreciated.

Arundathi said...

@ Ranji - Thanks! Tea is a close second to Coffee, but not so much in India!

@ Siri - Yup! You're gonna see some more!

@ Jamie - Very cool! I love tea too! Let me know if you liked it

@ Purnima - Thanks! DO try it!

@ Pixie - Its not spicy and quite refreshing. And no problem - I'm so glad you're back! :) Better get going on those flapjacks. Totally put them on hold!

Divya Vikram said...

nice any kind of tea..thanks for sharing this

Zita said...

great idea, the extra ginger :)

Arundathi said...

Divya - sure, you're welcome.

Zita - thanks :-)

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