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Tea: A Refreshing and Healthy Beverage

Every morning becomes refreshed when you wake up because of your favourite beverage i.e., TEA. Tea gives a fresh start to any ordinary day. It recharges you. In fact, you will find that it has become the most important part of your daily routine.

Tea is one of the most ancient beverages on the planet and it’s made by soaking dried leaves in water. Many people prefer to drink tea instead of coffee because certain blends are refreshing without the same level of caffeine. Tea is not only good in taste but it is healthy to drink. Tea drinkers have a significantly lower risk of stroke and heart disease and tea is known to boost brain health. The caffeine in tea may also be a con, although the levels are lower than coffee.

There are many distinct tea producing regions of North-East and South India. Some of them are Darjeeling, Assam, Dooars & Terai, Kangra, Nilgiri, Anamalais, Wayanad, Karnataka, Munnar and Travancore.

Tea is mainly classified into five different types. These are Black Tea, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Oolong Tea and Pu-Erh Tea.  All these different kind of tea are made from same plant species which is known as Camellia Sinensis. The distinguishing factor that determines whether a tea plant will become green, oolong, or black tea is oxidation.

Black Tea also known as red tea in China, is one of the most common tea types and is fully oxidised.It has bold, strong, full-bodied flavor that can be bitter or sweet,  vegetal, fruity or spicy depending on the variety.

Green tea is the most popular unoxidized tea and has less caffeine than black tea. Camellia sinensis leaves are picked, dried, and heat-treated to prevent oxidation. It has milder flavor than black tea. It can have a citrus-like, vegetal, sweet, or smoky flavor depending on variety.

Herbal Tea is made from dried herbs, fruits, and flowers, which can create a wide range of delicate flavors. These tea types are caffeine free which make it ideal for health conscious people. It has a delicate flavor that can be vegetal, naturally sweet, citrus-like, floral, minty, or spicy depending on the variety and blend of ingredients.

Oolong or wulong  tea is semi-oxidized and picked later in the season than green tea. The leaves come from the Camellia sinensis plant but are bruised by being tossed or shaken in baskets  which change the oxidation process. They are heat-treated to stop the oxidation, which can vary based on region and create different flavors. It can taste flowery, naturally sweet, fruity, or smoky.

Pu-erh Tea is made from fermented and aged leaves. If it’s stored properly, the older the tea, the better the flavor. It is very smooth in taste, and can be even darker than black tea.

In our blog, we will share some different kinds of tea recipes prepared from the different varieties of tea as described above.


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Adding lemon to black tea is beneficial for health. It contains vitamin C which has an antioxidant that keeps the diabetes and heart diseases away by fighting against the free radical. Also if sugar is added to black tea, then lemon helps to reduce the calorie level.

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Most refreshing green tea in the hot summer with a delicious glass of fruity iced tea. It can help keep the heart healthy. Three cups of green tea a day cut the risk of heart attack by 11 percent. It takes only twenty minutes in preparation.

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Green tea lemonade is a green tea  with the juice of fresh lemons squeezed into the tea. It can drastically improve health. It’s a boon for those who are suffering from overweight. It helps in losing weight. Besides this it slows breast cancer growth, suppress lung cancer cell growth, aids the body by killing prostate cancer cells, prevent and inhibits colorectal cancers.

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Peppermint tea is type of herbal tea. It is a tincture made from peppermint leaves and is completely used up as a tea. It is good for nausea and for heating up the body and making it sweat. It relieves the symptoms of abdominal gas, muscle spasms and bloating.

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Chamomile tea is another type of black tea. It is a gentle, calming and tranquilizing tea made from flowers of Asteraceae family of plants. It can be helpful for insomnia and digestion after a meal. It is good to drink this tea in cough and fever.

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Oolong tea cocktail is the perfect appetiser taken before a meal. It is extremely well-balanced and both induces the appetite and prepares the palate for a meal.

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Chrysanthemum pu erh tea is a traditional Chinese tea blend. It is an infusion of pu erh tea and dried Chrysanthemum flowers. It is helpful in digestion. Besides this it improves the mental sharpness and reduce the cholesterol levels.

HOLI: Colourful Indian Festival & Its Recipes

Holi is one of the major festival of Hindus. It is also known as the ‘Festival Of Colors’. It is celebrated in the spring season generally in the month of March in every year.

It is celebrated for 2 days. Not only in India, Holi festival is celebrated in countries like Pakistan and Nepal also. Nowadays, Holi is celebrated throughout the world. 

There is an epic story behind celebrating Holi festival. The legend of King Hiranyakashipu, his son Prahlada & his sister Holika. Hiranyakashipu was a demon whereas his son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. So Hiranyakashipu decided to kill his son. He took the help of his sister Holika. She had the power of fire resistance. As per the request of Hiranyakashipu she entered into the fire along with Prahlada, but due to the grace of Lord Vishnu nothing had happen to Prahlada, but at the same time, Holika burnt in that fire. So from that day onward as a sign of victory of good over evil people celebrate Holi festival.

Holi is the festival of color, happiness, friendship and love. It brings everyone closer . People pour colours & Gulal on each other and drink thandai with bhaang in the name of Lord Shiva. Many types of food items & sweets are also prepared on this day.

Holi is not the festival of adding colors on other’s faces but to add colors in the food as well.

In this blog, we will share some healthy and amazing colourful recipes that you can prepare on Holi.

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Gujiya is the most famous traditional sweet of Holi festival. It originated in Rajasthan. This sweet dumpling is healthy to eat as it is stuffed with dry fruits and khoya. Chocolate or any other flavour can be added to make it more interesting.

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Every food is incomplete without a chat. Dahi vada is the burst of flavours. Fried ball of gram flour served with thick yogurt and topped  with green chutney. Adding red chillies and black pepper makes it more tempting.

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It is difficult to imagine Holi without Thandai. It is a traditional drink of Holi festival. It is most famous in Rajasthan and North India. It is a mixture of  milk, sugar, saffron,rose petals, almonds, cashew nuts and many more dry fruits. Thandai can be made in the form of ice cream too.

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Coconut Mango Panna is a classic, creamy, rich,smooth, refreshing and sweetly tangy dessert. It has a fruity mango flavour which is hard to resist. It is easy and fast to make. Chopped mangoes can be used for garnishing.

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Most famous Gujarati dish served with green chutney. Made from gram flour, this dish is usually eaten in combination with curd. It is a nutritious, low calorie, protein rich dish. Easy to cook and delicious in taste.

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It is crispy, crunchy, flaky shell with a delicious spicy filling of roasted yellow moong dal. It can be eaten as a snack with green chutney or spicy potato curry. This dish is rich in protein due to moong dal filling.Black pepper, garam masala and coriander powder make it delectable.

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It is an amazing combination of oranges and milk. It has a twisty  burst flavour of orange. One of the favourite Indian dessert topped with delightful dry fruits. Flavour of saffron can also be added to make it more delicious.