That quintessential roadside chai from Mumbai and throughout South India
Ah, how I miss the road side stalls in India and their piping hot Cutting Chai. Cutting is the transliteration of the Hindi word for half – Cutting Chai is served in half glasses (or smaller, often) as it has a strong flavour, and half a cup of this strong sweet liquid is enough to get you moving for the day! You have to buy it from the road side stalls – restaurants and hotels do not get the same taste.
The flavours are predominantly ginger and cardamon, simmered for some minutes with sugar so that the maximum flavour is extracted. The black tea, too, breaks every Western tea-brewing rule and is simmered for 5 or 6 minutes for the flavour extractions. Then milk is added to create this addictive drink.
Are you looking for similar Chai recipes? Try Chai Masala for Relief of Colds, Cardamom Chai and Peppery Chai.
You might like to browse all of our Chai recipes, or our general Tea recipes. All of our drinks can be found here, and our Indian Recipes here. You might also enjoy our Mid Autumn recipes.
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Chai Masala – how beautiful at dawn on cold mornings, in the evenings of cooler days, and at any time with friends and a biscuit.
Chai can be made with a huge range of spices, herbs and tea leaves, so selecting one to meet your need, the weather, the time of day or your health concerns is quite easy. Check out our range of recipes.
This one is gingery and peppery, right up my ally! It is perfect for cold mornings – both of these spices will warm you up. But it is also perfect for helping you through your coughs and colds of winter. Drink it with abandon.
Are you looking for Chai recipes? Try Peppery Chai, Cardamom Chai, Cutting Chai, and Chai Masala.
You can browse all of our Chai recipes, and all of our Teas. Or simply explore our collection of Late Autumn dishes.
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Expect a swathe of new Chai recipes now that the cooler weather comes. Not only do I adore Chai during the winter, it is a great help when suffering from a cold. Right now I have a head cold, so I am making chai and adding a good dose of turmeric to it. Have you also found that turmeric-laden chai makes a difference when you have a cold? It is my form of Golden Milk or Turmeric Latte which is quite fashionable at the moment.
The Tulsi in this Chai is also helpful for colds and flu.
As the name suggests, this chai is quite peppery – we do love a chai laced well with ginger and pepper. As the weather deepens, I take to adding powdered ginger for an extra sharp zing. Right now, though, in Mid Autumn, we are happy with using the fabulous fresh ginger we pick up from our Asian Grocery near-by.
Are you looking for more Chai recipes? Try Chai Masala for Relief of Colds, Illaichi Chai, Ashram Chai, and Yogi Chai.
You might also like to try Tulsi Rasam, and Tulsi and Ginger Tea.
Explore all of our other Chai recipes. Or try our Teas. Maybe browse all of our Indian recipes. Or take some time to explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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Longan Berries are warming, according to Chinese philosophy. So this tea is great for warming the toes on cold nights, or perfect for when a cold is coming on or you just feel cold. Enjoy this by the bowlful.
Longan are sold fresh and dried. For tea, it is much more convenient to use dried. They are loved by the Chinese and used commonly across China. They are used to flavour many dishes – winter sweets, sweet Chinese soups and congee. Great for snacks on their own if freshly dried, or mix with raisins and other dried fruits, and walnuts and other nuts.
It is easy to find them. Wander the aisles of your local Asian/Chinese shop until you find the dried fruit section. Sometimes you will find them sold in bulk. Choose ones that are soft, like raisins, and avoid the harder dried ones. Store them in a jar in your pantry, keep them in the fridge, or even freeze them to preserve them well.
In China this tea would be called a sweet soup. Serve it with the berries in the tea. You can strain them out if you prefer, but they are lovely left in and munched on as you sip. Longan are very relaxing and good for the memory as well.
Are you after other Teas? Try Fragrant Persian Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, Cardamom, Coriander and Fennel Herbal Tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea, and Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea.
Explore all of our Teas, and our Chinese dishes. Or take some time to browse our warming Early Winter dishes.
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Have I mentioned how important yoghurt is in our kitchen? We use it a lot – from lassi drinks, to salad dressings, to yoghurt curries, chilled soups, to pachadi dishes like this one, to all sorts of Middle Eastern dishes. We drain it to make it thick, we pile it on our overnight oats for breakfast and we drizzle it over fruit salads.
This dish, Ginger and Coconut Pachadi, can be used as an Indian Chutney (ie as a little on the side to eat with the main dishes) or more like an Indian Yoghurt Salad.
Try these recipes too: Spinach Pachadi, Carrot Pachadi, Boohdhi Pachadi, and Cucumber Pachadi.
If you would like some more ginger in your life, try this tea, Pickled Ginger, and a Ginger and Garlic Soup.
Take some time to browse all of our Pachadi dishes, all Yoghurt dishes and all Ginger dishes. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.
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Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing
Similar recipes for Mushrooms that you might like – try Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill. You can check out our Mushroom Salads here.
If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran. You can check out all of our Carrot Salads here.
Browse all of our Carrot recipes here and here, all of our Mushroom recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.
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You find the most magical spice infusions in India. Although I still call them “teas”, technically, they are infusions or tisanes. In India, tea (chai) is only made from the leaves of the tea plant, often supplemented with spices.
Similar recipes include Cumquat Tea, Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea, and Ginger and Lemongrass Tea.
You might also like our Tea recipes and our Chai recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials are here. Or browse our Early Autumn dishes.
This is a recipe from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 to 2006. Feel free to browse other recipes from this blog in our Retro Recipes.
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As soon as the hot weather hits, thoughts turn to iced drinks and drinks that are cooling on the system. Iced teas, iced coffee and juices are our go-to coolers. This juice uses watermelon and is delicious! It is best to buy watermelon later in the season, no early watermelons. They are lacking in the true watermelon taste.
Don’t be afraid to add other cooling juices to the watermelon. Strawberries go very well with this. Cucumber and zucchini too, although green and red juices together go a murky colour. They taste amazing, but are not so visually appealing.
You might like to explore other drinks and juices. Would you like to know how to extract Pomegranate Juice? Or explore our Mid Summer recipes here.
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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 Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea, Unusual Herbal Teas, Longan and Young Ginger Tea, and Ginger and Tulsi Tea.
You might like our other Tea recipes here. Or browse our other Balinese recipes here and here.
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This soup is a little bit Indian, a little bit S. E. Asian, a little bit English, and very divine.
A soup that has stood the test of time. Fragrant and beautifully flavoured, it is treasured still by my family. It is a little bit Indian, a little bit S. E. Asian, a little bit English, it is divine. It is light enough to have in Summer and Autumn.
You might also like our Tomato Soup recipes here and here. Indian Soups are here. Or browse Tomato recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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Who does not know the delights of pickled ginger these days? Ubiquitous with sushi, it is as common today as pickled beetroot. Come to think of it, much more common. In 1999, when I first made this, it was a different matter, and if you wanted pink pickled ginger, you made your own. Enjoy!
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Pickled Cumquats, and Pickled Jicama.
You might also like to browse our Ginger recipes and our Pickle recipes. Check out our easy Early Spring recipes as well.
There is also a information post on Ginger here. and one on Pickled Ginger here.
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Ginger and a little sweetness makes a beautiful dressing for this dark King of Vegetables
This dressing with the honey and ginger really heightens the taste of the beets. Cook the beets early and allow them to marinate in the dressing until dinner time.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, Beetroot and Carrot Salad, Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad with Rocket, and Warm Beetroot and Carrot Salad with Indian Spices.
You might also like to try Beetroot Halwa, Baked Beetroot, and Beetroot Fry.
All of the beetroot recipes are here. Browse all of our Salad recipes too. Some interesting facts on beetroot are here. Or explore our Late Summer recipe collection.
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Serve as part of a summery luncheon spread. Yum!
At Xmas the fridge fills with all things wonderful, the exotic and the common. And then I spend the next weeks slowly working through the food left in the fridge after cooking a xmas meal for the family.
This morning I am working with some pre-cooked white peas and cucumbers. The white peas were turned into a wonderful curry – North Indian in style with (seemingly) a million spices and a tomato-y gravy.
It needed something light and airy to go with it, something to lift the “groundedness” of it, to bring a little tang and bite, to cut through the deliciousness but heaviness of that sauce. Continue reading “Smashed Garlic and Ginger Cucumber Salad”
Phanta Tea is a beautiful, relaxing tea. Just what you need!
Tulsi tea with ginger is very good for you, especially in early spring. Ayurvedically, it is good for sinusitis, flu, hayfever, bronchitis, asthma and some fevers. (Consult your Ayurvedic practictioner.) Phanta is a hot infusion in Ayurveda.
It is gentle and calming, reducing Vata and Kapha, but raising Pitta. Drink it at a time that you can relax and take some bed rest. It is best to avoid cold for a couple of hours after drinking.
Tulsi is the Holy Basil of India, with a taste somewhere between mint and basil. You can often buy Tulsi tea in organic and health shops. If I can’t find Tulsi, I make this tea with ordinary basil and it still works wonders.
You can read more about the extraordinary healthy properties of Tulasi here. Tulasi can also be spelt as Tulsi or Thulasi, or called Holy Basil. Don’t get it confused with Thai or Sth East Asian Holy Basil, it is an Indian Holy Basil and quite different to the Thai herb. You can see our Tulsi recipes here.
Similar teas include Longan and Ginger Tea, Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, and Cumin, Coriander and Ginger Tea.
Our Tulasi recipes are here, and our Ayurveda recipes here. You might like to browse our other Teas as well. Or explore our Mid Spring recipes.
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It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food. Ancient wisdom from India.
Searching through some old files this morning, I found this piece on diet and consciousness from my beloved Guru, Sivaya Subramunyaswami.
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