Spicy Healing Tea

I am down with cold and fever. My sore throat is making it hard to swallow anything and I have a choked nose. What’s the thing that you crave for in such a state of mind? I normally crave for a spicy, peppery, thin soup. Preferably something with loads of ginger and lemongrass. But today I wanted a spicy yet sweet tea.


The ingredients I used are what you see in the picture above but here’s a list anyway.

  • 1 tsp black tea powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 inch piece of turmeric root grated
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 3-4 pepper corns crushed
  • lemon grass as per your taste

Honestly, this tea is hardly any different from the standard ginger chai that is a staple in India. Just that I have a lot of turmeric root right now and I’m trying to find ways to use it. This is the first experiment. I love the aroma of fresh peeled turmeric root…a lot more than turmeric powder. It’s also a lot more mellow than the powdered form. And the lovely orange colour is treat to the eye.

Anyway, so I put the water to boil. Added sugar and the rest of the ingredients apart from tea to the pot. Once it started boiling gently I added the tea and brought it to a good boil.


I then turned the heat off and let it stand covered for a minute before adding some milk. I add very little milk as I like my tea thin and watery. And that’s it.


The turmeric (which is rather unheard of in tea) blends really well with its root friend ginger. All the spices get along really well in this combination actually and I instantly feel better. 🙂


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