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Ginger Tea

Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups water
8-10 thin slices fresh ginger
2 teaspoons tea
sugar to taste

Directions

Falooda

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon basil seeds
rooh afza syrup or rose syrup
iced water or cold milk
2 tablespoons psyllium husks*
crushed ice
agar-agar jelly (optional)

Directions

Cumin and Tamarind Refresher (Zeera Pani)

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Food & Recipes

The Indian name for this drink, zeera pani, translates as 'cumin water'.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup dried tamarind pulp
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups hot water
3 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
3 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch chilli powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
salt to taste
iced water
crushed ice
mint sprigs
lime slices

Directions

Coriander and Ginger Brew

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You won't need all this coriander at once, but it saves time if a quantity is well washed, drained and completely dried, either in the sun or in a low oven. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Ingredients

250 g/4 oz coriander seeds
5 cm/2in piece fresh ginger root

Directions

Burmese Tapioca Refresher (Moh Let Saung)

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/1 cup tapioca pearls
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups boiling water
250 g/8 oz chopped palm sugar
ice cubes
coconut milk
salt

Directions

Almond Tea

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons blanched apricot kernels
or blanched almonds
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fine ground rice


Directions

Almond Beverage (Thandai)

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

90 g/3 oz blanched almonds
10 whole peppercorns (optional)
60 g/2 oz raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups water
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups milk
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar or to taste rose water (optional)

Directions

Young Coconut and Basil Seeds

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Food & Recipes

While in most recipes basil seeds are simply an addition, there are some desserts in which they are a major component, as in the following recipe for a cool thirst-quencher featuring basil seeds and young coconut or palm sugar seeds.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons basil seeds
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
400 ml/14 fl oz can young coconut in syrup

Directions

Transparent Steamed Dumpling Pastry/Wrapper

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Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1 cup Chinese wheat flour
3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
210 ml/7 fl oz water
1 tablespoon lard

Directions

Toast of the Shah

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

6 slices firm bread, cut thick as for toasting
4-6 tablespoons ghee
300 ml/10 fl oz milk
250 ml/8 fl oz cream
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
250 g/8 oz/1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon rose water
1 tablespoon each slivered blanched pistachios and almonds

Directions