September 06, 2007

Ginger Tea

Ginger (zingiber officinale) is told to be originating in Asia where people have been cultivating it for over 3,000 years. It's used not only for culinary purposes, but also is used for a remedy. It is used to alleviate menstrual cramps, improve digestion and its gingerols helps to relieve excess gas.

If you eat beans and suddenly feel you're likely to get flatulency, ginger will be an answer to help you. Bite a piece of fresh root ginger or drink ginger tea, you'll be amazed how this wonderful rhizome works in your body.

I used to drink ginger tea when I was young and it was enjoyed after drinking the bitter jamu (Javanese traditional herbal drink). Later these days, I make my children drink ginger tea to prevent gassy stomach, especially, when they eat too rapidly. It can be taken with lemonade, a handful of mint, and chilled water. You can drink it hot if you like, with cinnamon stick to stir or a crushed cardamom pod.

This is my entry for Monthly Mingle: Liquid Dreams, hosted by the famous mingler creator Meeta of What's For Lunch, Honey?

Ginger Tea

350g fresh root ginger,
1-2 blocks palm sugar (you can always add more when you want it sweeter),
500mls water

Slice ginger, and put them in the saucepan together with the other ingredients. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes in a low heat. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stand for 30 minutes. Strain and bottled.

You have to dilute it before you drink it. I usually mix it with a dash of lemonade concentrate (Juice of 6 lemons (grate 2 lemons), 1 ½ cups sugar, bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove, strain. Bottled. Refridged.) and handfuls of mint or slices of kiwifruits or red apples.


Hillary said...

I like ginger tea but never though to serve it cold. Thanks for the idea!

Meeta said...

Beautiful! I love ginger tea and your recipe sounds soo good!