Turmeric and ginger are the two spices that Iranians widely use in their cuisine. Herbalists and nutritionists offer using these herbs since they have many advantages for the body. They both help in enhancing the body’s immune system and help other organs, too. Ginger is an excellent supplement for digestive, and turmeric is a unique anti-bacterial component naturally. Tea has a significant role in Persian life. In Iran, tea has a vital role in daily life. Iranians drink tea with breakfast, with brunch, in the evening, and after dinner or lunch. Tea is the first thing that you are served while entering an Iranian house. In the fall and winter as the weather gets colder, many start to add lemons, ginger, and cinnamon to their teas to enjoy their beneficial aspects. However, ginger and turmeric tea is a unique, exceptional tea made with fresh ginger and turmeric or the ground types of them.
Different types of Ginger and Turmeric tea:
There are many types of herbal teas in Persian cuisine. Ginger and turmeric are popular herbs that many uses in their brews. They can either add to the black Persian tea or made tea themselves. Sometimes, cinnamon is added to these herbs and creates a more delightful taste. However, many people use these teas because of their beneficial advantages. Another type of herbal tea which is more common with turmeric or a mixture of herbs is brewed with milk instead of water, and we can call them, Masala or Latte.
Important Nutrition Facts:
Turmeric and Ginger tea is a low-calorie non-caffeine herbal drink, which is more popular compared to its fellows in the Persian cuisine. Because both turmeric and ginger have significant effects in defending many diseases and injuries. When these two become together, they create a miracle mixture that can cure any diseases. A 100 gr of ginger and turmeric tea brewed with water has about ten calories. It has deficient fat and carbohydrates that I don’t mind mentioning them. Instead, I would like to say the beneficial effects of this tea on the body. Turmeric is one of the most potent natural antioxidants that have a critical role in defending bacteria. Ginger also is one of the powerful natural anti-inflammation that is very effective in protecting disease. Make a long story short, drinking Ginger and Turmeric Tea can enhance the heart’s health, the immune system’s functionality and improve the brain activity.
All the herbal teas in the Persian cuisine have vegetable sources, and as a vegetarian or a vegan, you can confidently use them. However, in some rare recipes that these herbal teas are brewed with milk instead of boiling water, as a vegan, you should change the milk to soy milk, almond milk, or any other vegan source you like.
Serving style of Ginger and Turmeric Tea:
Iranians do not need an occasion to serve tea! They drink and swerve tea every time of the day and everywhere. You can be served with tea at a funeral an wedding ceremony. You also might be served by tea if you go shopping in historical bazaars. They drink tea with their breakfast and usually after their main meals. However, herbal teas are different. Iranians do not serve them at parties. They are typically brewed and used at home, along with some Nabat (kind of Persian sugar), or cube sugars. In the parties, it is possible to face cinnamon sticks, rose petals, and dried lemons or gingers as essence. Despite black tea that you can find everywhere, to find herbal tea, such as Turmeric and Ginger tea, you need to search for unique coffee shops or make at home.
What are the ingredients:
To make a Ginger and Turmeric tea, you can either use the roots of herbs or the ground type of them. It would be best if you only brewed some roots of ginger and turmeric with some hot boiling water. You may add some lemon juice or dried limes to make a sour taste and also to add vitamin C to the beneficial effects of this tea. Cinnamon sticks are other components that you can add to this mixture according to your liking. You can drink this tea along with honey which not only makes it sweeter but also adds to the antioxidant effects of the tea.
How to make Ginger and Turmeric Tea?
To brew ginger and turmeric tea, cut some roots of ginger and turmeric. Pout them in a teapot or a French press and pour some hot boiling water on it, wait for about 30 minutes until it thoroughly brews and the herbs make chemistry. You can also add ground ginger and turmeric to hot boiling water and wait until they brew.
This recipe can be used for making any herbal tea. Usually, it takes 30 minutes to a Persian tea to brew and prepare.
Turmeric and Ginger tea
- Ginger root (or 1 tablespoon ginger ground)
- Turmeric root (or 1 tablespoon turmeric ground)
- Boiling water
- Teapot or French press
- Some honey or Nabat (Persiansugar) to sweeten the taste
- Pout the fresh ginger and turmeric roots in the container.
- Pour boiling water on them
- Heat them for 30 minutes or more to brew
- Sift it and pour it into a cup and serve it with honey
- You can use this recipe to make a turmeric latte by using milk instead of water
- It is better to use honey to sweeten the taste instead of anything else.
- If you are drinking it because you are sick, add some lemon juice to enhance the vitamin C.