In Indian subcontinent tea is a very popular beverage. It is customary for the host to ask for a cup of tea. I think it is offered next to a glass of water. It is like the beginning of conversation or the breaking of ice between strangers.
I was introduced to tea by my mother and granny who were tea addicts. I must have learned the procedure of making tea from them. Back then and even today in some parts it is a must for all young girls to know how to make the perfect cup of tea. This was considered an essential benchmark by the prospective groom and his family. Thank God! I was not part of this race. But i think and you surely will agree even the boys should know and be taught to make a good cup of tea.
The world’s best tea is grown in India in West Bengal, Darjelling.
Encouraged by friends and family, i think i make the best cup of tea provided i am in the mood for it. Though seldom i have tasted it for sugar. I would surely like to share my this little secret of making the perfect cup of tea. In fact i remember making tea was considered as entry to kitchen (which back then i just loath)
To make the perfect cup of tea all you need is a little patience. With time and practise you can also be the best tea maker among your family and friends as i am which at times is very irritating.
Making that perfect cup of tea
Ingredients (for 2 cups- i seldom make one )
Tea leaves (any make will do but i have been using Red Label/ Taj)- 3tsp
Milk(optional, though i prefer including it)- 1 cup
Sugar- according to taste
Ginger- to taste
Cardamom powder- a pinch
Water- 1 cup
Take a pan. Add water and milk. Let it boil. When it starts boiling, add crushed ginger and cardamom powder. Let it boil for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
Add tea leaves. Let it boil again for 8- 10 minutes.
It becomes reddish- brown in colour. Some might like it a darker or a lighter shade- a personal preference. Add the required amount of sugar. Let it boil again.
After a minute or two, with the help of a strainer, strain it in a cup.
Wow your perfect cuppa is ready!! So invite your gang of family or friends and enjoy that late afternoon or early evening beverage with some light snacks. But do even let me know your experience.