Tisane Or Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea with blue pea and chamomile tea, HolyBasil and mint. A refreshing and flavorful drink with numerous health benefits. Enjoy the delicious aromatic tea warm or chilled.

According to Wikipedia Herbal teas—less commonly called tisanes are beverages made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water. The term “herbal tea” is often used in contrast to true teas, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. 

Tisanes or caffeine free herbal tea can be served hot and cold both. I have used Organic Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or herbal infusion to make this tea. But if you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use any green tea bag. And I have Ceylon cinnamon dip bags or pouch so I used it. These herbal infusion bags are full of strong cinnamon flavour. But you can also use cinnamon powder if you want.

To get one more herbal tea click here. This blue pea tea looks beautiful blue in colour but when you add lemon juice it becomes purple.

Ingredients used in this herbal tea.

1. Blue pea and chamomile tea. Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits. Blue tea is said to have detox and weight loss benefits Blue tea is caffeine-free and a good alternative to tea or coffee.  While chamomile is very well-known for its mild and soothing flavour that acts as a stress buster. To read more about blue pea tea click here.

Cinnamon. The spice comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree. The bark is peeled and laid in the sun to dry, where it curls up into rolls known as cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is also available in powdered form. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects. Its prebiotic properties may improve gut health. Reduces blood pressure. Lowers blood sugar and risk of type 2 diabetes. Relieves digestive discomfort. Source

Tulsi or Holy Basil From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions. The nutritional valueTrusted Source is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll. Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source – Healthline

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer. Not only are lemons a very healthy fruit, but they also have a distinct, pleasant taste and smell that make them a great addition to foods and drinks. Source

Mint makes a delicious and healthy addition to many foods and beverages. Mint’s health benefits range from improving brain function and digestive symptoms to relieving breastfeeding pain, cold symptoms and even bad breath. To know more click here.

Rock salt or Sendha namak, a type of salt, is formed when salt water from a sea or lake evaporates and leaves behind colorful crystals of sodium chloride. Sendha namak, or rock salt, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost skin health and treat coughs, colds, and stomach conditions. Sendha namak is highly valued in Ayurveda, a system of alternative medicine originating in India. According to this tradition, rock salts offer numerous health benefits, such as treating colds and coughs, as well as aiding digestion and eyesight. Source

So here is a healthy and aromatic warm drink to enjoy in the Monsoon. You may also like this hot delicious Lemon coriander amla soup by Swaty Malik As I mentioned above that you can serve this caffeine free herbal tea hot or cold. If you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use green tea instead. I used ginger powder as I always use it in my regular Herbal tea But you can use fresh ginger. Just grate the ginger before adding in the water. And instead of Cylon cinnamon dip bag you can use 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder.

Recipe

Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or green tea bag – 2

Tulsi or HolyBasil – 15 leaves

Cinnamon dip bag – 1, or 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder

Lemon – 4 slices

Dried ginger powder or fresh grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Mint – 15 leaves

Rock salt – a pinch

Honey to taste, optional

Water – 4 cup

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Boil the water with tulsi or Holy basil leaves, dried ginger powder, rock salt and mint leaves for 5 minutes.

2. In a teapot place teabag and cinnamon pouch. Pour the boiled water with tulsi, mint leaves and dried ginger. Also add a few fresh tulsi, mint leaves and lemon slices.

3. Cover the teapot and let it steep for 5 minutes.

4. Now strain the tea in cup. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. Enjoy caffeine free refreshing and flavorful warm blue tea anytime. Or let it cool down and serve chilled with some ice cubes. Or refrigerate the tea and serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like your tea sweet skip honey.

2. You can use any sweetener instead of honey.

3. Green tea bag can be used instead of blue pea teabag.

4. You can also use cinnamon powder instead of cinnamon dip bag.

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Gluten Free Fruit Cake / Sugar Free Cake

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas in advance. Have a peaceful and joyous Christmas. May all your wishes come true.

Gluten free fruit cake with amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Vegan people can replace honey with jaggery. Use 1/4 cup more jaggery powder instead of honey.

A delicious aromatic festive cake loaded with dry fruits and flavoured with all the spices and chocolate. Try and feel the burst of taste and flavour. Blend of three healthy gluten free flour, tea soaked dry fruits, flavorful spices, cocoa, jaggery and honey made this cake super soft, moist, mouthwatering and healthy.

You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. I have soaked dry fruits in tea overnight. I have used masala tea but you can use any tea or green tea or use tea bags. You can also use any fruit juice or alcohol to soak the dry fruits.
And this cake is sugar free. A jaggery and honey cake. So you can call it a healthy cake.
Last year I have also shared a gluten free and vegan cake.
But this time I have changed the flour. Instead of oats used amaranth flour and sorghum flour with soybean flour. Mixed of three healthy flour made the cake super soft and moist. And didn’t use sugar in it. Its perfectly sweetened with jaggery and honey.

Amaranth is a nutritious, gluten-free grain that provides plenty of fiber, protein and micronutrients. It has also been associated with a number of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol levels and increased weight loss.

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.

Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.
They are a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, such as isoflavones.
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You may like some more fruit cakes on this blog.

1. Eggless gluten free dairy free fruit cake

2. Eggless Christmas cake

3. Sugar free fruit cake with oats

4. Eggless fruit cake

5. Diet cake

6. Dundee cake

I have mentioned it earlier that my all the neighbors are vegetarian so I always make eggless cakes for them.

Earlier never used cocoa powder or chocolate in my fruit cakes. But this time my neighbour’s 4 year old son wants chocolate cup cake. He love my cup cakes. So for this little boy,this time I have made chocolate fruit cake. And everyone loved the taste. I have used three different shape baking pan. One cupcake mould for my little friend, one small sized bundt pan and one loaf pan. But you can use loaf pan, bundt pan, square pan or any baking pan to make this cake.

And small cakes baked quickly.

This week 225 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas treats suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni.
Mayuri is a very dear friend and a talented blogger. I always amazed by her baked recipes. She has a vast collection of baked recipes along with other mouthwatering recipes. I recently bookmarked her fig and amaranth cookies to try. Sounds interesting isn’t it? Do visit her space for many more interesting recipes.

What can be better than this healthy and super yummy fruit cake for Christmas treat.
This cake is made of amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Overnight tea soaked dry fruits, cocoa and all the mixed spices made this cake soft, moist and superbly delicious. Best part is that you don’t need to use sugar. Cake is completely sugar free. Jaggery and honey gives perfect sweetness. But if you want you can use all purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice instead of these gluten free flour. And you can also use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Amaranth flour or rajgira atta – 1/2 cup

Sorghum flour or jowar atta – 1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Raisin – 1/4 cup

Sultana – 1/4 cup

Walnut – 1/4 cup

Dried fig – 1/4 cup

Pistachios – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/4 cup

Candied cherries – 1/4 cup

Date – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water – 1 cup

Tea – 2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits in small pieces. And keep in a bowl.

2. Boil water with tea for a minute. I have used masala tea but you can use green tea, tea bags or any tea. Use whatever you have.

3. Strain the tea and pour hot tea on the dry fruits. Add chopped date. Mix well, cover and keep aside for overnight. You can store the soaked dry fruits in refrigerator for 2 – 3 days. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

4. Grease the baking pan with oil and dust with little cocoa powder or line with parchment paper. You can also use flour to dust. I have used cocoa powder.

5. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

6. Mix vinegar or lemon juice in coconut milk. Milk should be room temperature or slightly warm.

7. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, soybean flour, amaranth flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder. Add almond powder and all the soaked dry fruits. Mix well and keep aside. If you skip this step, dry fruits will sink into the bottom of the cake.

8. In a large bowl whisk jaggery powder, honey, oil and vinegar or lemon juice mixed coconut milk. Whisk well till jaggery dissolved. See notes for more options.

9. Add vanilla essence and orange zest. Mix well.

10. Now add flour and dry fruits mixture gradually. Combine everything well.

11. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted or lined baking pan. Tap the pan on kitchen counter to remove air bubbles.

12. Sprinkle some tutti frutti on the top. You can also sprinkle alomond, cashew nuts or cherries.

13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 40 – 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the center to check.

14. Let the cake cool down before slicing. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes
1. All purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour can be used to make this cake.
2. You can use apricot, cranberry or any dry fruits of your choice.
3. Butter, olive oil or any flavorless oil can be used.
4. You can use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey.
5. If you don’t want to use honey, then use 1/4 cup more jaggery.

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