Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
Indians believe it helps purify the blood and keeps one strong and fit.
- 1 cup fresh basil leaf
- 4 1⁄4 cups water
- 4 teaspoons loose orange pekoe tea
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half
- 3 tablespoons honey (to taste)
- Combine the basil leaves and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer very gently for 5 minutes.
- Add the tea, ginger, honey, and peppercorns and bring back to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and steep, covered, for 5 more minutes.
- Just before serving, return to a boil and strain into tea cups.
Since the recipe is "tulsi", I would assume you have to use tulsi leaves--that is, "holy basil" rather than the common Mediterranean basil, an herb with a very different flavor profile? It's more common in South East Asian and Middle Eastern herbal remedies.
Did cut this recipe in half & had 2 large mugs of tea! Don't know if it purified my blood, but it was a relaxing, soothing drink ~ VERY SATISFYING! Basil & ginger aren't usual ingredients in my tea, but this was great! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed in the Family Picks part of Zaar World Tour 4]