Green tea is naturally low in caffeine and makes a great healthy alternative to tea and coffee. This hot beverage is a bit weak to drink in the morning but with its natural ability to aid digestion, it is perfect in the evening. Green tea originated in China but made its way through Asia. This particular recipe is known as ‘kahwah’ and is very popular in Pakistan. If you ever have a heavy meal and feel bloated, then this tea really does help. It is best to use loose tea leaves for a deeper flavour.
Ingredients 1 star anise
2 green cardamom pods
3/4 tsp of loose green tea
4 tsp sugar
Pop the kettle on with enough water for 3 cups.
Take the cardamom pods and using a small knife put a small slit in them. This will help release the flavours of the seeds.
Cardamom pods, star anise and green tea leaves
Pour 3 cups of boiled water in to a small cooking pot with a lid.
Add the sugar, cardamom pods and star anise. Heat for 1-2 minutes so that the water starts to boils again. Stir occasionally. This part of the process really helps bring out the flavour of the ingredients.
Once the water is boiling again add the green tea.
Leave the heat on for a further 1-2 minutes. Stir occasionally. You will be able to see the colour come out of the leaves.
Turn the heat off and place the lid on the pot. Leave the tea to brew for 3-4 minutes.
Pour out the tea in to the cups. You can use a small sieve if you don’t like having tea leaves in your cup. Traditionally a few leaves are left in the cup so the flavour doesn’t fade.
A small sieve
Green tea is served in a mug or glass cup, this photo shows what the tea looks like completely sieved or with a few tea leaves left inside.
Once you have made and tried this tea you will know what combination works best for you and the recipe can be altered to suit your preferences. For example the sweetness and the brewing time can be adjusted.