Basil Tea Recipe from India

"This recipe has been submitted for play in ZWT8 - India. This recipe was found on Indian Food Forever . Now this sounds good. I often am left wondering what I'm going to do with all the basil growing in the garden. What a great use for it. Please note: Cooking time is for steeping of the tea."
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Ready In:


  • 12 cup basil leaves (Tulsi Leaves)
  • 2 14 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons tea leaves (Chai Patti, or 2 Tea Bags)
  • sugar (your preference, Cheeni)
  • milk (your preference, Doodh)


  • In a small pan bring water and basil leaves to boil.
  • Lower the heat and allow to brew for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add the tea leaves or tea bags and sugar to your taste and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and strain the tea into cups and add milk as per your taste.

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  1. Boomette
    I made 1 serving only for me. The basil has a light taste with the tea. Both of them are perfect together. I really enjoyed it with just a little bit of milk. No sugar in my tea. Thanks Baby Kato :) Made for Photo tag game
  2. Maryland Jim
    Wow, what a surprise. This simple recipe for a simple cup of tea is great! I too, always have way too much basil. But, have to be honest wasn't sure about combining tea and basil. Very refreshing and tasty. I don't use cream in my tea so that is the only ingredient I did not use. Will definitely be making this again. Made for ZWT8 and The Wild Bunch.
  3. januarybride
    Well wasn't this a fun treat for this afternoon. Made as written and I didn't use any sugar. Made for ZWT8. Thanks for posting, BK!
  4. Annacia
    Mmmmmmmm. I love herbal teas and the basil here really went along with my Darjeeling beautifully. I chose to skip the milk as I don't deeply fancy milk in my tea and while I will use it with Chai this lovely brew was wonderful without it basic, earthy and natural. It makes you feel like your doing something good for yourself. I added some Splenda and very well enjoyed my mid-morning tea time
  5. Rita1652
    To sweeten I used Recipe #464314. I opted to use my red holy tulsi basil. Very comforting.<br/>Shukriya! Namaste <br/>Made for ZWT #8 Lively Lemon Lovelies


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