Indian Herb Tea

I’ve been down with a viral fever. All of yesterday, I was pampered by MK, who took the day off to be with me, ma-in-law, who made sago kheer on demand, and Amma and bro, who called several times to check on me.

But today, MK is back in his office, and all I’m getting is a stray text message asking me to pop a vitamin or just go off to sleep. Mrs. B has been kind enough to make me soup to last the day, and there’s only The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith to keep me company. In such a situation, I rely on this comforting herb tea to ease the respiratory system and give me that warm, fuzzy feeling of being pampered.

Spiced herb tea for colds and such

Here’s how I make Indian Herb Tea:


  • ½ liter of water
  • 8-10 leaves of mint,
  • 8-10 leaves of holy basil
  • A blade of lemon grass
  • ½ inch piece of ginger
  • 5-6 peppercorns
  • 1 inch piece, cinnamon
  • Honey


  1. Place the water in a kettle or heavy-bottomed pot.
  2. Tip in the torn leaves, grated ginger, and bruised spices.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to half.
  4. Strain and drink hot with honey.
  5. Preserve the spicy-herby leftovers for another, less strong shot.

Comments (7)

  1. Anjali September 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    You take care of yourself gal. This tea is useful with the cold already here in Blr.

  2. Aparna September 10, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Aww,take care, Sk. Lucky you had all these people fussing over you!

  3. Nags September 11, 2009 at 2:15 am

    have to say your new camera is doing a great job. take care..

  4. Parita September 14, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Ooops..take care and get well soon!

  5. Justin September 22, 2009 at 5:12 am

    hope you're feeling better by now. funny that you were sick but still blogging!

  6. ---Kb--- October 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Saee!! Im sure that tea would have made you better by now 🙂 Just came across your blog, and now I HAVE to ask my girlfriend to see this :)she would flip.

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