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Tea With Basil Leaves

Tulsi Chai

Abha Gupta

This recipe is from my sister who lives in Lucknow in India. It has no tea leaves, so it is technically not a 'tea'. the advantage is that it is tannin free. It tastes very good and it is very refreshing. She tells me that if you take it first thing every morning, it helps to reduce weight. You can make a pan full in the morning and sip it through the day. You can add normal tea this way too. Simply add some tea leaves/tea bags to the strained water at step 2 and serve with milk and sugar-Mamta.


  • 10 basil leaves (tree basil or shyama tulsi is better)

  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated

  • 4 green cardamoms roughly crushed

  • 1 cinnamon stick of 5-6 cm.

  • 1 tsp. honey per cup

  • 1-1 1/2 liter water

  • 1 lemon or lime


  1. Place all ingredients in a pan and boil briskly for 10-15 minutes, on medium heat.

  2. Strain and discard solids.

  3. Squeeze in lemon/lime juice.

  4. Serve hot or warm, with 1 tsp. honey per cup.

  5. It can be served chilled, poured over ice cubes, in a tall glass.

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