March 12, 2013

Pistachio Rose flavoured Iced Tea

Iced Tea takes me back a decade ago when S and I were engaged to be married. The non-tea drinker in me was totally ignorant about black Teas .For me, the whole universe of Tea was the milky verison made at home with varying strengths for grandpa and the rest of the family. Even Filter Coffee was a morning ritual that grandpa used to take charge and serve the rest of the family (yes, even grandmom was to be woken with 'bed-coffee' :-)) My grandparents were blissfully married for over 60 years, and they spent their entire lifetime pampering each other with little good deeds throughout the day. No wedding manual for them. 

Ahem! coming to my story : S suggested I have Kashmiri Kahwa (a saffron and spice induced black tea) as we talked in a coffee shop (with a bookstore to boot). Nervous about meeting someone in person and deciding whether to spend the rest of my lifetime with a person not even from Bangalore (my hometown) shook me off my guard. So the Kashmiri Kahwa was a definite no-no, as I wasnt sure about the name, or the ingredients. And I choose the next best comfort thing : Spiced Lassi. And spent the next hour (or couple more) sipping the icy cold Lassi in a totally air conditioned place, all the while taking no notice when S proposed we get married in a couple of months. 

All I knew was that the Kahwa black tea that S was sipping looked and smelt delicious and I was too petrified to change my mind :-) That was 10 years ago, and I have come to believe that a teetotaller like me does well to sip unsweetened Black Tea / Green Tea / Lemon Tea (my favourite) as a comfort. And guess what, on some lazy weekends, S does pamper my 4 pm cravings with today's post - Pistachio Rose Flavoured Tea. Guess its our way of ensuring some marital bliss without a manual :-) 

Its a super simple recipe, and I have basically converted it to an Iced Tea version to beat the summer heat thats already upon us.The hot version tastes equally nice.I have sweetened this tea with Gulkand (rose petals crushed with sugar), but feel free to add more sugar if you wish :-) Sending this to my own event - Magic Mingle # 14 for this month's ingredients of Pistachios & Tea.

Prep time : 10 mins | Steeping time : 2 - 3 mins | Serves : 2
Difficulty level : Super Easy

  • Assam Black Tea - 2 sachets (or 2 tsp if using loose tea)
  • Hot water - 2 cups
  • Gulkand - 1 tsp , divided use
  • Pistachios - blanched and cut into flakes / slivers - 2 tsp (divided use)
  • Spice mix - 2 cloves + 1/2 inch cinnamon + 1 Cardamom
  • Sugar - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Saffron Strands - few 
  • Ice cubes - few

Freeze the serving glasses in the refrigerator for 10 mins. It works wonderfully well for any cold beverage you wish to serve.
Tie the whole spices in a small muslin cloth.
Boil the water till it rolls over. Switch off the flame. Steep the tea bags and the spice bag for 4- 5 mins.
(If using loose tea leaves, boil the leaves along with spice mix for 4 - 5 mins)
Strain into a bowl. Add the gulkand and extra sugar if using. Mix in half the pistachios and stir well. 
Pour into the frozen glasses. Tip in few more cubes if required. Top with the remaining pistachios and saffron.
Serve chilled immediately. Enjoy ;-) 

Off this goes to  to Magic Mingle
Also to Priya's Healthy Me- Healthy Us event


  1. A perfect and full of flavor thrist quencher.

    today's post:

  2. Very refreshing and inviting

  3. wonderful thirst quencher..

  4. nice clicks. suitable for summer,
    falavorful medicated drink.

  5. Wow,such a catch,highly aromatic tea, loving it.

  6. Wow interesting tea.

  7. yumm Gulkand in tea.. so innovative, I would love to sip some in this heat!

  8. this is so interesting and i'd like to grab a glass right away.

  9. Who wud not like to be pampered? Love the color of the drink.

  10. Interesting use of gulkhand! I really loved your grand parent's manual for marital bliss :)

  11. that made a nice read Kalyani :) and that drink is just perfect for the summer!

  12. The iced tea look fabulous Kalyani. Loved all those crunchy nuts on top..

  13. Really interesting one...
    Nice colour n refreshing...

  14. look good really. Loved all those nuts on top.;-)

  15. Haven't had anytime in the past two weeks to leisurely sit in front of the computer and savor the dishes virtually.
    Now this one is a visual treat. I was pounding my head for this particular edition and your husband had given you a fab entry. :)


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