Two months back, when I was going through some articles, This article about Butterfly pea flower tea and its benefits attracted my attention and I tried my hand it by preparing and experimenting, and my family loved this tea very much and now I want to share this recipe with my readers too.
Butterfly pea flower, name itself is so exotic isn’t it? It is nothing but our wildly grown “Shankha Pushpa” flower. In Kannada Shankha means Conch and Pushpa means flower. This flower is widely used in making exotic teas, edible colour in Thai cuisine. Normally we find two colours in this, white and ink blue.
If you use blue flower for brewing, tea becomes pink after adding lemon juice.
Here I have used white flowers and some fresh lemon grass from my garden. When we use white flower and lemon grass, the tea becomes golden yellow. If you add lemon juice for additional flavour, it changes its colour to transparent, like normal water.
This tea is fragrant, at the same time it is filled with so many good anti-oxidants. Over all it is one Exotic drink.
Now we will see, how I prepared it,
For one big glass:
Water – 1 big glass
Butterfly pea flowers – 7 to 8
Lemon grass – 4 stalks
Sugar – 1 tsp
Lemon – ¼
-Collect fresh flowers, wash; chop lemon grass into 1 or 2” size pieces.
– Put water, lemon grass and flowers together and boil, until lemon grass changes its colour.
-Strain and add sugar or honey, whatever you prefer. You can use artificial sweetener as well.
-Your Exotic tea is ready to have, Pour into a serving glass.
-If you would like to add a little sourness, add lemon juice and see the magic. Golden tea will become transparent and glossy.
-Have your dose of antioxidant in this chilled weather and enjoy.