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Sulaimani – the Malabari Tea

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Malabar tea/ Kerala Tea/ Spiced black tea/ Kerala Spices Tea/ Kerala Golden Tea

Sulaimani, the famous Malabar black tea, is the perfect combination of spices, tea leaves, lemon, and sugar. Believed to have been originated from a brew of dates and pepper called Ghava consumed by the Prophet Mohammed, it was introduced to the Malabar region by the Arab traders. On reaching Malabar, the brew underwent changes and was infused with the local spices to become the Sulaimani tea. An accompaniment to a heavy meal, this golden tea infused with the goodness of ginger, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon is a perfect way to end a hearty meal. Brewed to a light golden perfection, the Sulaimani tea is believed to aid in digestion, improve bodily functions, and give an immune boost to your system. This all-weather concoction is an ideal way to appease your palate.

Serves : 2


· Water – 2 ¼ cups

· Cardamom – 2 or 3 medium-sized pods

· Cinnamon – 1 ½ inch stick

· Cloves – 2 nos

· Ginger – 2 tbsp (grated)

· Lemon juice – 2 tsp

· Tea dust – 1 tsp

· Sugar/Jaggery/palm jaggery – 1 tbsp(adjust to taste)

· Saffron – 1 pinch (optional)

How to make Sulaimani

1. Take a saucepan, pour 2 ¼ cups of water and bring it to a boil

2. Once the water starts to boil, add crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and grated ginger.

3. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 7-10 minutes.

4. Add tea leaves and boil for one minute.

5. Turn off the heat, and add lemon juice.

6. Keep the pan covered with a lid for 2-3 minutes.

7. Sweeten with sugar/ jaggery (if using).

8. Strain the Sulaimani into the teacups.

9. Garnish with saffron (optional) and serve hot.

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