My mum once had this tea-with-a-twist served to her on a train, and she came home and recreated it for us. I usually drink herbal infusions but when I want actual tea, this one is fun!


You need:

  • Drinking water – 1/2 l
  • Black tea leaves – 1/2 tsp, scant (Substitute with a scant tsp of green tea leaves or a heaped tsp of white tea leaves if you want. Use more for a stronger tea.)
  • Lemon juice – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery powder – 3 tsp (Sugar works too, just reduce the quantity a bit.)
  • Rock salt – 1/4 tsp, scant
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp, scant
  • Black pepper powder – 1/8 tsp (You can use white pepper powder.)

Bring the water to a gentle boil and turn off heat. Add tea leaves, cover and steep for at least 4 minutes, longer for a stronger tea. Stir in jaggery, both types of salt, pepper and lemon juice. Taste to check if you’d like to add more of anything. Strain.

This tea can be drunk hot or cold. I like it at room temperature too.


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