Golden Saffron Spiced Tea | An Infusion | The Five Cs of Spices

I first came across this beautiful tea in a small shop in a village in South India.

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There are certain “C” words that I love when in the kitchen. It is especially true when it comes to spices. My favourite and indispensable spices all being with C — Cloves, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander seed, Cumin.

If you have these in your pantry, you have some of the Indian cooking Essentials. For example, Garam Masala uses them as a strong, warming basis.

But did you know that you can also make a very special infused tea from these same spices?

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I first came across this beautiful tea in a small shop in a tiny village in South India. They served me a magnificent, golden, very subtle and very aromatic liquid that was intoxicatingly India and very special in taste.

It is so simple, incredibly exotic, and includes saffron which gives it a beautiful subtle flavour and wonderful colour.

Saffron, when used in small amounts has such a wonderful, subtle taste, and an aroma to match. The golden colour that permeates the food or liquid is golden. Too much saffron will taste bitter.

The taste is very very subtle – no punch here. Drink slowly while sitting with mind clear, or after doing yoga, or meditation. Try it and tell me what you think.

 

You might also like to try Phanta (Basil) Tea, Ayurvedic Teas, or Herbal Teas. Or browse all of our teas here and here.

The Five C’s Golden Spiced Tea | Saffron Tea

ingredients
Play with the amounts until you get a blend that suits your taste. Start with what I suggest and then adjust each time you make it.

For a 1-2 cup pot:
5 cloves, or more if they are small. Sometimes I use up to 10!
5 cardamom pods
1 stick cinnamon
0.5 tspn coriander seed
0.5 tspn cumin seed
1 pinch strands of saffron

method
Crush the spices roughly in a mortar – no need to grind them at all, just to break them up a little. Place in a teapot, pour hot water over and allow to seep for 5 minutes. This will allow the saffron time to develop colour, and the flavour from the spices to emerge. Strain into a special teacup and sip slowly.

Play around with the spice proportions until you find the ratios that suit you. You may find that you like more of one or more spices than the others.

Aaaah! How relaxed you feel.

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Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

20 thoughts on “Golden Saffron Spiced Tea | An Infusion | The Five Cs of Spices”

  1. Oh…that sounds delicious. A little bit of saffron sure goes a long way.

    Hi AppetiteforChina, – yes saffron is a most amazing spice. And in tea it is gorgeous. Hope you get to try it.

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  2. Hi. I have been on a ‘tea’ discovery lately, mainly for my baking experiments. I think you have just inspired me to take on another experiment using your Saffron Tea recipeπŸ˜‰. Cheers

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    1. Hi Callie,
      Outside of India and perhaps China, “Tea” is a generic term covering those liquids made by infusing things in water – herbs, spices, other plants. Really it is an infusion. But we call it tea, even tho there are no leaves of the tea plant. Confusing, isnt it?
      xx

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