Saffron tea with mint leaves is a soothing and warm drink for upcoming winters. Instead of grabbing a pack of this tea from stores, make best herbal saffron tea at home with this easy recipe. Just some water, fresh saffron strands and mint leaves are all what you need. Absolutely best drink for relaxing and unwinding. Here is how to make saffron tea from scratch with fresh ingredients. Caffeine free vegan & gluten free beverage!
Kesar or saffron is the world’s most expensive spice as it is such a labor intensive crop to harvest. We use saffron very widely in Indian cuisine not only in dishes like kheer, badam milk, kaju katli , biryani, korma, curry but we also make delicious and healthy beverages like saffron milk, saffron tea, kesar sharbat.
This saffron tea is one of my favorite beverage to sip on a cold day. The flavor of kesar chai is so good and this drink soothing to the throat and relaxes you so well.
Serve hot saffron tea as an evening or late afternoon drink, perfect for unwinding!
This Saffron Tea Recipe Is
Relaxing & Soothing
Vegan, gluten free & caffeine free
Delicious & flavorful
Low cal, no milk used
Healthy and warming winter beverage.
You can make saffron in many ways. The recipe I am sharing here is a concoction of few spices, saffron and mint leaves. You need just water to make this tea so it is very low in calories. There is one more version of Indian kesar chai with milk and saffron strands I make. I will share that when I make it next.
To make saffron tea with mint leaves you will need just few ingredients like saffron strands, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom,mint leaves and lemon juice. You can add a sweetener like sugar or honey.
The recipe of saffron tea is very simple. It is as simple as boiling the water with all the ingredients thrown in. If preferred you can strain the tea but I serve it as such just after removing the cinnamon bark.
How To Make Saffron Tea
Combine 3 cups of water, crushed mint leaves and cardamom pods in a sauce pan.
To that add grated ginger and saffron strands.
Start heating and now add a small cinnamon bar.
Continue to cook till the mixture reaches a rolling boil.
Then simmer the saffron tea for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors steep in.
Remove from flame and add lemon juice. Add honey or sugar if desired.
Serve saffron tea hot or warm.
Health Benefits Of Saffron Tea
Anti Depressant- Saffron is a wonderful moon lifter. It is one of the known medicines for anxiety and depression. This saffron tea helps in balancing the mind and is very relaxing
Skin health- Saffron is used for healthy and glowing skin since ages in India. Moreover it also used for treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. You can include saffron tea in your diet to improve your skin health.
Heart health & blood pressure- This tea is also very good for keeping blood pressure in check and improves heart health.
Low calorie drink- This tea is very ow in calories if you don’t add milk. Moreover ingredients like lemon, mint and ginger also helps in weight loss.
Tips For Making Best Saffron Tea
Get the best saffron you can- Saffron being the most expensive spice in the world, it is also one of the most adulterated spice. To get all the benefits of this saffron tea or any other recipe you use saffron for, it is important to get the real ones.
I always buy organic saffron from my local trusted source. Be wary when you purchase online even if it is from a popular brand as they can duplicated very easily. Sweetened coconut flakes or safflower threads are common adulterants with saffron.
Pure saffron strands have a very sweet intoxicating smell, very very delicate and does not stain immediately. I mean if you put few strands of saffron in water, it stains only after few minutes. The fake colored ones stain immediately though.
Always use saffron very sparingly. It produces heat on the body as adding too much is not advised.
Sweetener- I make this tea mostly without any sweetener as saffron itself adds a sweet note to this tea. However you can add some honey or sugar before serving if you like.
Can I Make Saffron Tea With Milk?
To make saffron tea with milk here is the recipe. Makes 3 cups.
Bring 1.5 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add 3 crushed cardamom pods and 1/8 teaspoon saffron strands. Boil well for 2-3 minutes. Now add 3 teaspoons tea leaves and simmer for 2-3 more minutes. Finally add 1.5 cups milk and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes. Strain, add sugar and mix well. Serve hot.
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Saffron Tea Recipe
Saffron Tea Recipe
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 3 cups water
- 12 mint leaves
- 3 cardamom pods peel removed and crushed
- 3 cloves crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon saffron strands 4-5 strands per serving
- 1/2 inch ginger peeled and grated
- 1/4 inch cinnamon bark
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- honey or sugar to taste
- Combine 3 cups of water, crushed mint leaves and cardamom pods in a sauce pan.
- To that add grated ginger and saffron strands.
- Start heating and now add a small cinnamon bar.
- Continue to cook till the mixture reaches a rolling boil
- Then simmer the saffron tea for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors steep in.
- Remove from flame and add lemon juice. Add honey or sugar if desired.
- Serve saffron tea hot or warm.
- You can add tea leaves if you prefer after boiling the water with spices.
- You can add milk while serving
- The recipe can be doubled or halved.