Most of you reading might not make it to Vashon this summer to try Leila’s Behesht. Instead, we thought we’d share a tea made with the same flavors as one of Leila’s kombucha.
I first learned about turmeric paste through Heidi’s wonderful post a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve seen some form of turmeric paste on many blogs and Instagram feeds. Did you know that turmeric is “hot” right now? (Don’t get me started on this. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years across the world, particularly in India. Just because we have suddenly discovered it thanks to Google food trends…. Well, I’ll stop.)
I love the taste of turmeric and ginger, mixed up with honey, to form a golden paste. Keep the paste around any time you need tea. Just pour some hot water in, add some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of black pepper. I like all the wild flavors together. It’s said that the black pepper helps with the absorption of the turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties. I’m not a doctor so I make no claims. I really just love the way this tastes.
Make the paste. Spoon the ground turmeric and ginger into the honey. Blend them together and mash them up until they form a golden paste. Set aside the paste for when you want to make tea.
Make the tea. When you want to have a cup of tea, put a teaspoon of the paste into a cup. Pour hot water (not boiling hot) and stir for quite awhile until the paste is entirely dissolved. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of cracked black pepper and stir it up. Sip slowly.
Feel like playing? You could also use this paste to make a delicious hot milk. Use whatever milk you want. Some folks swear this drink is helpful for restful sleep.