Cardamom Spiced Coffee

Are you wishing that you could have a nice spiced coffee, the way that Chai adds spices to the humble black tea to create a wonderful, headily aromatic drink that is both warming and nourishing? Well, you can. Apart from some small pockets of this planet, it has been a well kept secret. But let that be no longer.

The simplest way to spice up your coffee is to add some cardamom. This elixir is common in Israel and the Middle East as well as India. Make your coffee as usual, adding some cardamom seeds, or crushed cardamom pods to the coffee grounds. The bitterness of good strong coffee with the sweet, pungent flavour of cardamom is not to be underestimated. Not only does cardamom coffee taste delicious but in Ayurvedic medicine the cardamom is reputed to reduces the acid in coffee and neutralise the over-stimulating effects of caffeine.

But it doesn’t end there. Other spices can be added too. Cloves, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger can be added – singly or in a mix.

Why not also try Unusual Coffees, and Barley Coffee.

You might also like to browse all of our other Coffee recipes and our Chai suggestions.

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Lemon Verbena and Lavender Tea

A healthy tea for the Autumn months. It is gentle but wonderfully flavoured.

Autumn is a marvellous time to trial a range of healthy herbal teas. Often you will have the ingredients growing in your garden. Be careful, of course, choose only edible plants and herbs. This is a healthy tea for the Autumn months. It is gentle but wonderfully flavoured.

Similar recipes include Ginger Root and Turmeric Tea, and Cranberry Tea with Fennel.

Please browse all of our teas here. Or be inspired by the Mid Autumn recipes here.

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Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea

A tea to take you back to Bali

The combination of strong ginger and lemongrass is quintessential Bali. This is a tea that still features often at our place. Not only is it such a peaceful tea, engendering bliss and well being, it is great for the appetite and digestive system.

Similar Teas include Tulsi, Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea, Unusual Herbal Teas, Longan and Young Ginger Tea, and Ginger and Tulsi Tea. Try Balinese Sambal Iris also.

You might like our other Tea recipes here. Or browse our other Balinese recipes here. Explore our Late Summer dishes too.

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Dried Lime Tea | Chai Noomi Basra

A popular Iraqi tea, it is said to be good for the digestion.

This is a popular Iraqi tea made with dried limes. It is said to be good for the digestion including stomach aches. Dried limes are popular in Middle Eastern and Israeli dishes and can be found in Middle Eastern groceries or herb specialist shops.

Are you looking for teas? You will love Cumquat Tea, Fragrant Persian Rose Bud and Borage Flower TeaCumin, Coriander and Ginger Tea and Lemon Verbena and Lavender Tea.

Please feel free to browse all of our Tea and Infusion recipes. All of our Middle Eastern recipes are here. Or get inspiration by exploring our  Early Spring recipes.

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Cranberry Tea with Fennel, Cardamom and Coriander Seed

A summery tea, an inspiration from a trip to Kauai.

Summer time is the time for sweet refreshing herbal infusion teas of an evening. You can make them from ingredients that you have in your kitchen. This one came about on a hot summery night on the Island of Kauai.

You might like to also try The Making of Herbal Teas, The 5 C’s Golden Spiced Tea, and Yogi Tea. You can browse all our tea and infusion recipes.

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Black Grape Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

Black grapes give this lassi a wonderful sweet tang.

Lassis are cooling drinks in the summer, refreshing yet satisfying. I often have a large lassi for breakfast. That is the case today – a quiet morning after a full week. Some fresh fruits and a grape lassi. The world is good!

You might like to also try Rose Lassi, Tomato Lassi and Salt Lassi.

Or browse our collection of Lassi recipes and Grape recipes. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes. Explore our Late Summer Recipes too.

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Sweet and Tangy Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

This combination is delicious and more-ish.

You will love this lassi. It is one of the few sweet lassis that have been posted here, but it retains a tang due to the lime juice. The combination is delicious and more-ish. Top with a dusting of cinnamon or cardamom powder if you must. Or garnish with slices of strawberry.

Lassi Drinks come in 3 different flavours – fruit, sweet and salty – and sweet is the most popular. It is often available on the street, and as yoghurt is generally made 3 times a day in milk and cheese shops, it is always fresh. They will be served to you in clay cups.

As a rule, a plain sweet lassi is made with a 4:1 yoghurt water ratio while salt lassi is thinner, perhaps 3:1 or even 2:1 ratio. In India the thick layer of yoghurt cream that naturally forms on home made yoghurt is used as a garnish on the lassi. If you want a richer lassi, add a little cream before churning, or put a spoonful of cream on the top and serve with a spoon.

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? Try our Lassi recipes for mango lassi, cumin lassi, raita lassi, chilli and coriander lassi and many others. All of our Drinks recipes are here and here. Or browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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Cucumber Lassi | Indian Savoury Yoghurt Drink

When summer hits, a blended drink made from cooling cucumber and yoghurt is an excellent choice.

A cooling lassi for hot summer weather. The yoghurt and the cucumber are both cooling in nature, so the effect of a Cucumber Lassi is immediate.

We have a wealth of lassi recipes. You can browse them all here. Some favourites are the Simplest Lassi, a Cumin Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Or explore all of our Drinks here and here. You might like our Summer recipes here and here.

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Strawberry Lassi | Indian Sweet Yoghurt Drink

Cool off with a Strawberry Yoghurt Drink | Lassi, ice cold of course.

With the weather up around 40C, it is definitely time for an ice cold strawberry lassi, the clasical fruit yoghurt drink of North India that is cooling, nourishing and beautifully flavoured.

We have a wealth of lassi recipes. You can browse them all here. Some favourites are the Simplest Lassi, a Cumin Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Or try a Strawberry Frappe. Explore our other Strawberry recipes here and here. Our Yoghurt recipes are here and here.

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Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi as you have never tasted before. Very different from restaurant lassi drinks.

You will be surprised when you make Mango Lassi at home. It is very different to the ones in restaurants. Extraordinarily flavoured, thick and mango-y.

We have a range of sweet, fruit and salt lassi recipes for you to browse. Try Black Grape Lassi, Chilli and Coriander Lassi and the Simplest Lassi.

Explore all of our Yoghurt recipes here and here. The Drinks recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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