This fennel tea recipe provides warmth and a cozy feeling that you expect from a classic tea. With just three simple ingredients, make a refreshing and soothing drink that everyone enjoys in this weather. Learn how to make fennel tea very quick as soon as you think of drinking this healthy beverage.
Here we learn more options and variations of fennel tea recipe. This herbal tea is low carb and not bloated with calories. A simple tea that delicious and medicated as well. Made with the combination of honey and the fennel seeds, which compliments well in together, that can become one of your favorite drinks.
In our childhood days, whenever we feel congestion after a heavy meal we were asked to have a sip of ginger fennel tea.
That is how I'm familiar with fennel tea, and now I'm insisting to my son, whenever he feels uncomfortable. The time may change but the problem is persistent and the solution also carries forward.
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What is fennel seed tea?
It is a hot tea made using fennel seeds which is very soothing.
Fennel seeds have a sweet taste and look similar to cumin seeds. But has a bright green color than cumin seeds. It is a flavorful ingredient and tastes slightly sweeter which is great for this fennel tea recipe.
Fennel seeds are one of the top 10 spices in India for everyday cooking. Apart from using for cooking purposes, Indians use to chew them after the heavy meal.
These fennel seeds are also used as mouth refreshers in India for centuries. In Indian after the heavy meal, most importantly when the meal includes meat, these fennel seeds will be served as a refreshing agent. It may be served as raw or it may be coated with sugar or chocolates, another fancy way for chewing.
Thus this condiment is a part and parcel of Indian cooking and Indian culture.
Health benefits of fennel seed tea
I'm not a certified dietitian to talk about the health benefits of fennel tea recipe in medical terminology. But I want to share my knowledge and experience with you. For generations, fennel seed is used as home remedies.
Where can I buy fennel seeds?
Unlike cumin seeds, I did not see fennel seeds in the regular grocery store. You may get it in Indian stores or online stores. For 2-3 dollars you can get it in a big bag that can last for about a year at room temperature. So it is a single time investment that can be made not only for this fennel tea recipe but can use for other dishes as well.
You may also extend the shelf time of fennel seeds by freezing them or keep in the room temperature and sundry once in a while.
How to sweeten the tea without sugar?
First of all, this tea need not necessarily been sweetened. I like to drink tea with its natural flavor and without sugar. If you prefer, you may add honey, agave nectar or maple syrup which all depends on their availability.
If you have access to palm sugar or coconut sugar, you are blessed. Try making with these raw sugar and feel the difference.
But adding sugar will not spoil the taste or medicinal properties of this seed. But it will definitely add up the calories. So add or skip using it according to your personal preference.
We really enjoy the way that this warm fennel tea slides into our mouth and how it flows through the food pipe. And feels like it clears the way as they flow.
Ginger fennel tea. Today I made with this ginger variation. This is the most common and popular variation. To make this variation, allow the ginger to boil in the water. And add ginger-infused water to fennel seeds. Cooking the ginger helps to extract ginger juice with a rich aroma.
You may also use dry ginger powder instead of fresh ginger, but the taste and the flavor of dry ginger and fresh ginger are entirely different. But have the same remedial advantages.
Peppermint fennel tea. This is the flavorful variation, and you may also combine with ginger fennel tea. Add fresh mint leaves as the garnish. Allowing the mint leaves to soak in the hot water for a minute makes it flavorsome. If you are using dried peppermint, add it along with the fennel seeds.
Cumin coriander fennel tea. This is the age-old practice of drinking tea. My grandparents and the villagers use to drink this tea regularly. Here, regularly means drinking it every other day. The other tea they use to have on a daily basis is dry ginger coriander tea made with palm sugar.
The sugar variations. Instead of the white sugar, you may try using coconut sugar, palm sugar, honey which has special values in ancient Indian medicine. And each of these addition has its own taste and flavor, in spite, it has its own benefits. Try each of these sugar and enjoy it.
The key ingredient
Fennel seeds. In this fennel tea recipe, use this according to your choice, if you want mild and rich flavors, add a whole. Or you may crush gently for the strong and intense flavor. Both smell great, and we love both ways.
Ginger. I have added extra flavor, but this is optional. You may make this tea with fennel seeds alone. You should combine this while water is boiling. If you are adding ginger as crushed or thinly sliced add it along with the fennel seeds.
Honey. You may substitute with sugar or natural sugar like agave nectar, palm sugar or coconut sugar.
When to drink fennel tea?
There is no strict timing for enjoying this tea. You may have it whenever you feel like having it. However, it is good to drink after the meal or during midday. It could be a good substitution for your coffee time also. Alternatively, I would better say to try it by yourself and find a better time.
How to make fennel tea
Crush fennel seeds in the mortar and pestal gently. Gently tap ginger into one or two pieces.
In a saucepan, add water.
Bring the mixture to rolling boil.
Add crushed fennel seeds and remove from the heat.
Strain and stir in honey.
And serve hot, warm or cold.
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Fennel tea recipe
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 inch ginger optional
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp honey optional
- Using pestle and mortar, crush fennel seeds gently until it is fragrant.
- Gently crush the ginger.
- Over medium heat, bring two cups of water rolling boil.
- Add crushed ginger and fennel seeds.
- Remove from the heat and strain in serving cup.
- Add honey and mix thoroughly.
- Serve hot or warm.
Sources: Medical new today