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Tulsi Chai

 Published 2019-Mar-30   Updated 2019-Apr-08

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Indian Basil Tea, Tulasi Chaaya)

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Tulsi Chai or Basil Tea is a variation of the Indian Chai Tea, in which holy Indian basil leaves are added while preparing the tea. The leaves not only imparts a taste to the chai but it has many health benefits too. Tulsi as we all know is a perfect remedy for sore throat and seasonal allergies. Have a cup of this tulsi tea during rainy days or winter days to keep all alergies at bay.

Coming to the recipe, I have a small tulsi plant in my balcony. I prepare chai every evening with these fresh herbs. Most of us have tulsi at home. Please make use of it to prepare this tea. Others can buy a packet of dried tulsi leaves from some herbal store and use that. People living abroad can also use dried leaves. Let's get into the recipe of this herbal tulsi tea.

Recipe for Tulsi Chai

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cup
  • Tea Leaves - 2 tsp 
  • Tulsi Leaves - 10-15 (or 1 tsp dried leaves)
  • Ginger - 1/2 " piece
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp

Method

  1. Crush the tulsi leaves and ginger using mortar and pestle.
  2. Take this crushed leaves and ginger with water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. 
  3. Add tea leaves and boil again. Let it simmer for 2 minutes for all the flavours to seep into the water.
  4. Add milk and sugar at this stage.
  5. When it starts to boil over, reduce the flame. Simmer for couple of minutes on low flame.
  6. Switch off when you get the desired colour of the tea.
  7. Strain using a tea strainer into 2 cups. Have it hot.

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