Ginger is one the most pungent smelling spices around. It is also one that when used can give one a range of benefits, from curing nausea to improving digestion and circulation, etc. It is very difficult to eat ginger by itself because of its strong taste and pungent aroma. One way you could take this is by making Ginger tea. This concoction is very tasty and also is great as a cure for people with the common cold.
- The first step for making Ginger Tea is to crush ¼” piece of ginger root after skinning it. The best way to crush ginger would be to use a mortar and pestle. Avoid using ready-made crushed ginger, since that might have additives in it which won’t work well with tea.
- Take about 2 cups of water in a shallow saucepan. A stainless steel saucepan would work the best because it does not react with the ginger.
- Allow the water to come to a boil.
- Add the crushed ginger to it and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
- Now add about 1 tsp (or 1 teabag) of tea leaves and let the water come to a boil.
- Simmer it for 5 minutes. You could add powdered cardamom or cinnamon to it if you think the smell of ginger is too strong.
- Now switch off the flame and keep the saucepan covered for another 5 minutes. This allows the flavors to blend in with the tea leaves well.
If you take milk and sugar with your tea, then make sure you warm the milk before mixing it with the tea. Pour the milk and sugar according to your taste in a cup, and pour the ginger tea in it and stir well. It should give you a very nice golden brown color and an aroma to die for. Your tea should have a faint aroma and slight taste of the ginger in it. Avoid using too much ginger, since it is such a strong spice. If you feel like you have put in too much ginger, dilute the concoction by adding more water. After making this for a few times, you will know exactly what your preference is regarding the quantity of ginger to be added to the water. Once you have perfected the art of Ginger Tea, you will agree that there is nothing like a hot cup of ginger tea on a rainy or snowy day.