When in London, where eating was obviously one of the activities, I had decided that I wanted to go to an Indian restaurant. I heard somewhere that the British capital had the best Indian restaurants in Europe. Even though I am definitely sensible (red face and runny nose) to any kind of spicy food (the spiciest thing growing up at home was pepper), I truly love all the smells and spices that Indian food brings to you.
“The health benefits of spices are almost too extensive to list […] fight infection, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, improve heart health, induce sweating, keep skin healthy, regulate the metabolism, detoxify the body, lose weight, increase appetite, strengthen bones, reduce stress, increase digestion, protect against dozens of dangerous diseases, cure colds, protect oral health, contribute to a healthy diet, balance the hormones in our body, and countless other important benefits!”
So I went in some kind of Indian craziness: I went to an Indian restaurant, got Indian incense and bought the “India: The Cookbook” by Pushpesh Pant. This book displays literally over 1,000 recipes. It explains that those recipes are not even close to demonstrate the variety and intricacies of Indian Gastronomy.
I was a bit overwhelmed when I tried to choose one recipe to try. So I opted for one of the easiest : cardamom tea.
As I try to always accompany my goûter with some kind of hot drink, this was perfect to begin with.
Hey! You’ve gotta start by something uh?
Let’s start 🙂
Yield: 1 small tea pot – Prep time: 5 min – Infusion time: Around 5 min
What you’ll need
- Electric or manual grinder
- Small tea pot (I have one of those japanese cast iron tea pot, best purchase ever)
- 2 tbsp of green tea in leaf
- 3 cardamom pods
Here is my philosophy : use whatever you have in your pantry that is close to the ingredients above if it is more convenient for you. Everyday cooking is fun, it should not be a dictatorship !
Moreover, This is how you create unique recipes which will be yours.
Smash open the cardamom pods to gather the seeds.
Grind them into a powder with the grinder.
Put the tea leaves and the cardamom powder in the tea pot, add water (it should not be boiling!).
Let infuse for 5 min and remove the tea leaves.
Et voilà !
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Author: Emilie Durand
Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of thefrenchwaytohealth.com. On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.