Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ginger tea | Adrak ki chai | Kukskitchen

Ginger tea  |  Adrak ki chai  | Kukskitchen

Tea in Kerala is simple. For one cup of tea boil half a cup of milk with half a cup of water with a tsp of tea leaves. Once this comes to boil, simmer for a minute or two so that the tea leaves release all their flavour in to the concoction. Strain in to a mug to which 2 tsp of sugar is added. Mix well by pouring to and forth in two mugs till frothy.................. Serve hot with..................... parippu vada, uzhunnu vada, pazhampori, unniyappam, murukku, samosa, puffs, meat roll, bonda, bakery tea biscuit, hot mixture, kappa chips, potato chips, kaya chips, chakka chips, aluva or a Britania Good day biscuit or ...................., well,  you get the point right?

The ratios of milk to water may vary according to taste and some boil water with tea leaves and milk separately and mix before drinking. The only addition to this recipe is a humble elakka / cardamom. But their ends a malayali's chai.

North Indians or Hindikkar (definition of a North Indian -  well any one who lives in India but not in the four southern states of Kerala, Tamil nadu, Karnataka and Andrapradesh - I know I am going to be crucified for this - wink wink), they have a few different varieties like masala chai and adrak ki chai. Now this ginger tea was introduced to me by my colleague and friend, Nidhi. I tried it a few times with grated ginger. I (and dear D) became a real fan of the ginger tea when Surya suggested that a whole one inch piece of fresh ginger should be added lightly crushed in to the mix. Boy, that tasted awesome the first time we tried it and every other time after that. Ginger a common item in my shopping list. Thank you my dear friends.

Uses of ginger:

Ginger is great to use as grandma's home remedy for ailments like tummy ache, nausea and diarrhoea. You will be surprised to learn that scientific studies have been conducted on effects of ginger on Inflammation of the colon, Muscle pain caused by exercise, Nausea caused by chemotherapy, Ovarian cancer, Asthma symptoms, Liver damage caused by acetaminophen, High blood pressure (hypertension), Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and Migraines. Many of these studies have been on laboratory animals, while some benefits like for pain relief in migraine and muscle pain caused by exercise have been tested in humans. I was impressed.

Try this ginger tea and let me know if any of these claims are actually true for you.

A good ginger tea soothes my ichy throat when I have a cold.

Ginger tea  |  Adrak ki chai  | Kukskitchen
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A few things before we start:

  • I make my tea in the microwave. I add all the ingredients to a pirex measuring jar and heat at full power for 2 minutes per cup. I strain after.
  • If using tea leaves, use one tsp per cup.

Ginger tea / Adrak ki chai
Serves 2

Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Tea bags - 2
Ginger - one inch piece, lightly crushed.
Sugar - 4 tsp, or to taste


Boil all the ingredients in a pan on hob and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove from flame and strain.  Mix well by pouring to and forth in two mugs till frothy.

Serve hot with what ever you fancy that day. :)

Also check out -   Uzhunnu vada - Click on the picture for recipe.

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Sherin Deepu,

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:33 pm

    Hey Sherin! Adrak ki chai, one of the few things that work for any occasion! A tea person like me craves for adrak ki chai every where I go. Especially during monsoons! :)


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A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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