If you have ever been to Kerala, you must have drunk or at least heard about the famous Sulaimani Chai. India is a tea-loving nation and the varieties of tea available change with geography. Sulaimani Chai is basically black tea that is infused with various spices like cinnamon, clove and green cardamom. It is brewed with tea leaves to give it the perfect golden brown colour. Mint leaves are added to give a refreshing herb essence to the tea. Honey and lemon added to the tea balance its sweet and sour flavours. Even though Sulaimani Chai belongs to the Arabian world, it is quite popular in Kerala and is widely consumed by the locals.
02/4How to make it
- Add water to a pan and bring it to a boil. Add cloves, cinnamon, mint leaves and cardamoms to it. Let it simmer for a few minutes till the water reduces to just one cup.
- Add tea leaves and switch off the flame. This will allow the tea leaves to infuse properly in water. Let it sit for 3-4 minutes.
- Now strain the tea into a cup, mix lemon juice and honey in it.
- Garnish with mint leaves and your Sulaimani Chai is ready to be served.
03/4History of it
As Arabs started making ghava, they made some alterations to the recipe which was quite similar to how Sulaimani Chai is presently made. Sulaiman’ in Arabic translates to ‘man of peace’. This tea got named so by the locals in the Malabar region of India because of the friendly trade relations they had with the Arabs.
All the ingredients that go into making this wonderful Sulaimani Chai help in boosting immunity. From lemon juice and mint leaves to cardamon, cloves and cinnamon, a cup of this drink is all you need to refresh yourself. This concoction is also said to aid digestion and keep cholesterol levels under control. Sulaimani Chai also helps in reducing dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, as it is a wonderful source of antioxidants.