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Its Tea Time this week at Khana Pakana

Its Tea Time this week at Khana Pakana
Its Tea time! We bring you facts about tea, and tips on how to make variety of teas!
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  • About Tea

  • After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.  It was China which first introduced tea to the rest of the world. Whether it is black or green, plain or highly spiced, tea is an important part of the meal in most Asian countries. In many cultures, tea is often had at high class social events, such as afternoon tea, or tea parties, and for many a day does not begin until they have a sip of tea.  

  • Four types of tea exist on the market, black tea, oolong tea, green and white tea all which come from the same bush but have undergone different fermentation process. The term "herbal tea" usually refers to an infusion or of leaves, flowers, fruit, herbs or other plant material that contains no Camellia sinensis.

  • Types of Tea available

  • Black Tea: mainly produced in India, China and Sri Lanka, black tea leaves undergo fermentation which gives them their characteristic full, aromatic flavour and rich colour and strength.

  • Oolong Tea: semi-fermented oolong teas are stronger than green teas and milder than black. Often scented with jasmine, gardenia or rose petals and are then known as pouchong.

  • Green Tea: served with many Asian meals and believed to aid digestion. It is always made weak: only 1tsp of tea for the whole pot. Sugar and milk are never added.

  • White tea: made with leaves that are processed in a manner to let them wilt slightly and loose the "grassy" taste of green tea, while undergoing minimal oxidation.

  • Brewing Perfect Cup of Tea

  • - Bring cold water to boil rapidly to prevent water being de-aerated.

  • - Use a china or glazed earthenware teapot that will retain the heat, and warm it by swirling a little hot water around the side and emptying it out.

  • - Measure the tea carefully, 1 heaped tsp leaves for each cup and 1 for the pot.

  • - For the old adage ‘bring your teapot to the kettle’ to ensure the water is still on the boil when it is poured onto the tea leaves. This will agitate the leaves and release the full flavour of the tea.

  • - Put the lid on the tea pot and let the leaves infuse for 5 minutes.

  • - If using milk, add to the cup before the tea, the scalding tea will slightly cook the milk and blend the flavours.

  • - Stir the pot and pour tea through a strainer into each cup. Add sugar to taste and a slice of lemon if desired.

  • Moroccan Tea

  • Serves 6   Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • Ingredients: 10 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra for garnish, 3 tsp green tea, 3 tbps sugar (or more to taste), 4 cups water

  • Method: Boil the water and pour a small amount in the teapot, swishing it around to warm the pot.

  • Combine the mint and green tea and sugar in the teapot, and then fill it with the rest of the hot water.

  • Let the tea brew for three minutes. Fill just one glass with the tea (A shot-glass is close to the slender glasses used in Morocco), then pour it back in the pot. Repeat. This helps to dissolve and distribute the sugar. Pour the tea. You want nice foam on the tea so always pour with the teapot a high distance above the glasses. If you do not have at least a little foam on the top of the first glass, then pour it back into the teapot and try again until the tea starts to foam up nicely. Garnish with the remaining sprigs of mint

  • Masala Spice Tea

  • Serves  4   Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • Ingredients: 4 tsp loose tea, usually black, 1 piece of dry ginger, 3 cardamom pods, crushed 3 whole cloves, 1 piece of cinnamon stick, Milk and sugar to taste

  • Method: Chop up ginger into fine pieces, and break up cinnamon stick. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add tea leaves and all the spices. Let everything brew at boiling for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove from heat, and then let it brew at room temperature for another minute. Strain out the tea and pieces of spice. Serve hot and fragrant, with only a touch of milk or sugar.

  • Green Tea

  • Serves 1  Cooking Time: 5 minutes

  • Ingredients: Use one tea bag, or 2 - 4 grams of tea,* per cup

  • Method: Soak the loose tea leaves in hot water, and drain after 2 minutes.

  • Fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil. Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea, and allow it to steep for up to 3 minutes. If using a tea bag, remove the bag or sieve out the tea leaves.

  • And serve

  • Kashmiri Tea

  • Serves 3  Cooking Time:  1hr 40 minutes          

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  • Ingredients:  Kashmiri tea leaves 2 tsp, cardamom ground 3, milk 2 cups, Water 2 glass

  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp, Pistachio crushed 2 tbsp, Sugar and Salt as desired.

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  • Method: Boil 2 glass of water in a steel pan. Put tea leaves and baking powder, cover with lid and let it cook for 1 hour (do not open the lid during this time).After 1 hour add cardamoms. Cook for a further 15 to 20mins, the tea will reduce a lot. Now strain the tea leaves. Turn the heat on high, and in the strained tea water add 1 glass of chilled water.  With a ladle fill it up with the tea and drop it back in the pan, do this again and again until foam appears. When the tea turns to a rosy pink colour add milk and pistachio. Put sugar and salt as desired and serve immediately.

  • NOTE: Use ONLY steel utensils otherwise the tea will turn out wrong.

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  1. Moroccan Tea and Masala Spice tea are simlply great. Nice step by step recipe easy to follow. Thank you.

    on Apr 26 2011 8:53AM Report Abuse Guest
  2. I likke Khanapakan because we can find any recipe here whenever we need to cook any thing . Thanks

    on May 30 2010 4:47PM Report Abuse AFSHAN GILANI
  3. the best thing of khanapakana is nw i can learn cooking in da free tym at office aswell.

    on Apr 5 2010 4:32AM Report Abuse RUTH NAZIR
  4. ooong is also called wu long?....

    on Mar 8 2010 5:03PM Report Abuse Guest
  5. tahns 4 such great recippez.These are realy very nice 4 me because i lov tee:)

    on Feb 14 2010 10:57PM Report Abuse Guest
  6. tnx u so much 4 such recipezzzz........bt plz if v can hav video of makng kashmiri tea coz evry tme its pinkish color dznt appear by me........

    on Feb 13 2010 10:04AM Report Abuse Guest
  7. thanx for sending tea receips

    on Feb 12 2010 9:26PM Report Abuse Guest
  8. Thanks for sending these "tea Recipies" to me. I always wanted to know how to make a really good cup of tea the right way. I will be trying them out - thanks once again.

    on Feb 12 2010 10:47AM Report Abuse Guest
  9. thanks a lot for4 sending mails.I learnt kashmiri tea and added my knowledge about varities of tea which i didn't know at all. THANKS YOU ARE REQUESTED TO PLEASE SEND THE MAIL ON aminanizarali@yahoo.co.uk she is my sister and would be excited to receive mail from you

    on Feb 12 2010 3:46AM Report Abuse Guest
  10. excellent info...... thx can i have the recipe of irani chai whic is the most popular tea in india.......................

    on Feb 11 2010 8:04PM Report Abuse Guest
  11. appreciate these wonderful tea recipes! thanx ....cud i pliz hav a tea recipe (or a recommendation ) as to wat is best as a booster for tired & xhausted people who do long shifts?? thanks...

    on Feb 10 2010 2:29PM Report Abuse Guest
  12. wow,,,,,good

    on Feb 10 2010 3:27AM Report Abuse Guest
  13. plz diet tea ki recipe b is mennu mai shamil ki jaye

    on Feb 9 2010 8:48AM Report Abuse Guest
  14. nice recipes, appreciate it!!

    on Feb 8 2010 11:59PM Report Abuse Guest
  15. Thanks| Can u please provide the best recipe of kashmiri tea?

    on Feb 8 2010 11:10AM Report Abuse Guest
  16. very good tea recipes we appreciated the work. thank u.

    on Feb 8 2010 9:08AM Report Abuse Guest
  17. i ws sooo mad to get kashmiri chai recipe.......awsm ....thnx

    on Feb 8 2010 6:54AM Report Abuse Guest
  18. thanx for the tips will try to make all the teas.

    on Feb 8 2010 5:10AM Report Abuse Guest
  19. Thank you very much for your great tips. So many times i tried to make masala tea, but failed. Today i can.

    on Feb 8 2010 12:26AM Report Abuse Guest
  20. Interesting!

    on Feb 7 2010 8:53PM Report Abuse Guest
  21. Great recipes. What does a glass of water translate to? More than 1 cup?

    on Feb 7 2010 5:54PM Report Abuse Guest
  22. great.thankx

    on Feb 7 2010 2:53PM Report Abuse Guest
  23. Thankyou--I really needed to know how to make Kashmiri chai --and got it wrong all thje time. Now I will get it right

    on Feb 7 2010 2:16PM Report Abuse Guest

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