We, in India, certainly love our traditional tea, as it has now become one of the most consumed beverages in the country.
Personally, I like to try out various teas, but I’m not much addicted to such caffeinated drinks. I can leave without them too.
So recently, I came across an unfamiliar tea called Sulaimani Tea while finding more information about Biryanis.
It is nothing but a type of black tea, which is very popular in Malabar region of Kerala, India. This tea is generally savored with classic rice delicacies like Biryanis and Pulaos.
Even though it is known as a traditional refreshment beverage here, it’s originated from Arabian countries and Arab travellers brought it along with them in India.
In the past, it used to be made with different spices and no additional sugar or sweeteners, but things have changed over the centuries. And now, we get to enjoy a special blend of old and modern tea preparation.
So, let’s see how to prepare Sulaimani Tea now –
- Black Tea Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 2-1/2 cups
- Lemon Juice – 2 teaspoon
- Cardamom – 2 pods
- Cinnamon – 1 stick
- Ginger – 1 small piece, crushed
- Sugar – 3 tablespoons or as per your requirement
Note – Since we’re going to use Lemon Juice in it, do not pour milk. It will just curdle in minutes and will make your tea undrinkable.
1. Get a vessel and add water in it.
2. Place it on the medium heat and wait till it becomes hot enough.
3. Add the black tea powder in this water. Stir well.
4. Add the sugar in it. When sugar starts to melt, add the spices and lemon juice in it. Stir again.
5. Let the tea boil for another two minutes.
6. Switch off the flame and pour your Sulaimani tea in serving cup with the help of a strainer.
Tip – Use transparent cup if possible. It helps in attracting the attention of people to this wonderful drink.
Flavor Variations for Sulaimani Tea
With this tea, you can literally play with your favorite flavors. Get any suitable flavoring ingredient and just put it in hot boiling tea. And you will have your refreshing tea ready!
In case you’re wondering what to try, here’re some simple ideas for you –
Mint Flavored Tea –
As we know, Mint has many beneficial properties in it. It’s also an easily available ingredient in our local markets these days.
This means you don’t need a reason to use those fresh green leaves in Sulaimani tea. If you want more intense flavor, chop the leaves in pieces and prepare your tea.
Note – Whenever you’re making it with Mint leaves, add less amount of lemon juice. It will balance out the citrusy taste.
Honey Flavored Tea –
Honey and Lemon is considered to be a great combination if you’re looking to shed some extra pounds.
Since we already use lemon juice in Sulaimani tea, you may replace sugar with honey as a healthy substitute. It will make you feel light after gorging on delicious heavy food.
Honey flavored tea tastes equally good and its digestive properties are quite beneficial for people who indulge in unhealthy delicacies.
Spice Flavored Tea –
Generally, we use Indian spices in curries and other spicy preparations in our homes, but some of these spices can also be added to teas like Sulaimani style tea and Masala tea.
When you’re going to make Sulaimani tea with a bit of variation, you can select your own spice or a combination of two or more spices. I’ve already posted this style in the aforementioned recipe.
However, do not add too many spices in your tea, as it will only become a mix of too many flavors. If you’re particular about your choice of flavors, get those limited spices in your tea.
There is no need to add extra ingredients just because it’s mentioned in the recipe. It won’t make a huge difference to the final taste.
For those who don’t know, you can include these spices in your spice based tea preparations.
- Star Anise
- Bay Leaf
- Black Pepper
Now, these are the most commonly used spices in Indian tea preparations. I’m sure you’d love to try them out with widely available recipes.
Like I said before, most of us have a special place for tea in our hearts. And some unusual creations like Sulaimani tea make it even more interesting.
If you’re a Vegan, I think this tea can be suitable for your regular consumption. This Vegan Chai can really help you kick start your mornings with a slight hint of spices.
I’m glad that I found out this tea while doing my research. Honestly, I’d have never imagined putting lemon and other spices in regular black tea.
Do try this recipe in your kitchen and let me know how it turns out. You’ll discover lots of new things when you travel uncharted territories.
Over to you –
Have you prepared Sulaimani tea before? What was your first reaction to it?
Do comment below.