Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Of tulsi chai and the kumbh mela

Today  is Makar Sankranti  and also the first day of the holy bath which takes place at Sangam in Prayag at the confluence of the three rivers .This year Maha  Kumbh Mela is hosted in Prayag my hometown.
Come January and I am nostalgic with the warm memories of the nights spent in makeshift tents near  Sangam sipping tulsi chai in kulhad prepared on the bonfire.I really miss those childhood days: when we sisters would snuggle near our Dadi and she would share stories .I felt like preparing the same Tulsi Chai today and relieving the memories of the days gone by,.
here goes the recipe as told by my mother

Recipe name Tulsi Chai
two cup water
one cup milk
sugar as per taste
tea leaves one tsp
half tsp crsuhed ginger
tulsi leaves four
cardamom two
Boil water in saucepan,once water starts boiling
add tulsi leaves,cardamom and ginger ,let it simmer for five minutes
add tea leaves and sugar and simmer for five minutes ,
add milk and simmer for five to 10 minutes .
serve hot with a bowl of roasted lotus seeds
thats how I sipped the tea ,munching lotus seeds and reading my favourite blog;-)
Bliss and perfect Me time for me,...;-)

Talking of Tulsi Leaves sharing
15 Benefits of Holy Basil
today its a tradition to prepare Khichdi ,I prepared the same and paired it with Boondi Raita,Grilled tomato chutney and Alloo Chokha..
Recipe of Chilke wali urad dal Khcihdi blogged here 
Recipe of Alloo chokha blogged here
Recipe of grilled tomato chutney blogged here
Recipe of Boondi raita blogged here 

Wish all the readers of Asan Khana Happy Pongal,Makar Sankranti,Uttarayan,Khichdi,Lohri,Magh Bihu and Maghi.
Linking this post to
The Weekend Wrapup hosted by Tatertots and Jello.
thats all friends,take care
and wish you all Happy Days Ahead.