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Saffron and Cardamom Tea

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Saffron and cardamom tea is a popular rejuvenati­ng tea in the Middle East. In terms of health, this tea contains brewed black tea that has significan­t levels of the essential amino acid L-theanine, saffron strands with high concentrat­ions of safranal as well as the essential oil linalool present in the fragrant green cardamom. These constituen­ts increase the production of serotonin and this invigorate­s the mind and and ups the body’s energy levels.

2 minutes (including cooking & brewing time): 7 minutes 4 servings

4 black tea bags (I used Twinings of London Classic Assam Black tea bags); 4 cups water, 1/2 cup of milk; 5 green cardamoms, crushed; 5 saffron strands, soaked in warm water and sugar cubes (as desired).

Add the crushed cardamom pods, soaked saffron strands, milk and water to a saucepan placed over a medium flame. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the flame and allow the mixture to simmer for at least five minutes until the mixture turns golden brown and the aroma of the crushed cardamoms is released. Remove the saucepan from the flame. Add the tea bags, cover and brew for two minutes. Discard the tea bags and pour the tea mixture into cups. Sweeten with sugar cubes and serve.

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