Spicy Hot Chocolate

I had my best hot chocolates in the Wedel café at Warsaw. In cold winters of Warsaw, real hot chocolate is great. This café serves amazing hot chocolate, that is totally deliciousو with different flavours such as: mint, strawberry, ….. Those hot chocolates were tasty, and so thick that your lips stock together, and always served with a cup of hot water.

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Having a cup of real good hot chocolate is  just being  over the moon. So,  yesterday was cold and  I remembered those delicious hot chocolates and decided to make it at home. It just would take 10 minutes to have a lovely hot chocolate.

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Ingredients

  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate.

When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs and enjoy it.

 

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Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
  • 300g good quality chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
Preparation
Put milk into a pan, bring it to a simmer. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, and pieces of chocolate. When chocolate melted, remove the pot from the heat. Using a tea strainer, remove the leftover spices.
Pour the hot chocolate into your glass or mugs.

 

Flowering tea(blooming tea)

Sometime ago I bought flowering tea balls. It was for the first time I experienced this kind of gorgeous tea that blooms in the hot water. They are marvellous. You can call them blooming or flowering tea. Basically,  it is tied green tea leaves and flowers. It is combination of green tea leaves with edible flowers such as Jasmine, rose, lily,….

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When steeped in hot water, that usually takes few minutes, the flowering tea delicately opens and provide a stunning floral display.

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Flowering tea taste like floral green tea and are very beautiful to watch it.After drinking the blooming tea, you can use it as natural plant in your fish tank or use it for decoration of a jar with full of water. You can keep it for few weeks.

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Ingredients

  • Tea ball, I have used different kinds of tea balls such as: Berry, Jasmine  and  Marigold
  • Glass tea kettle
  • Boiling water

How to make it??

As you see in the photos,  blooming tea  look like tiny ball and is wrapped in aluminium foil, When you unwrap it,    it looks like what you see in my hand.

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Bring water to a boil. Hot water makes the tea ball expand. Drop one tea ball in the hot water and allow to steep the tea for 4-5 minutes.

When steeped in hot water the flowering tea delicately open  and provide gorgeous floral display.

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Flowering tea(blooming tea)

Ingredients

  • Tea ball, I have used different kinds of tea balls such as: Berry, Jasmine  and  Marigold
  • Glass tea kettle
  • Boiling water

How to make it??

As you see in the photos,  blooming tea  look like tiny ball and is wrapped in aluminium foil, When you unwrap it,    it looks like what you see in my hand.Bring water to a boil. Hot water makes the tea ball expand. Drop one tea ball in the hot water and allow to steep the tea for 4-5 minutes. When steeped in hot water the flowering tea delicately open  and provide gorgeous floral display.

Green tea milk

It’s a simple but delicious and creamy drink, a combination of Matcha or green tea with milk and chocolate. Green tea does have wonderful effects on the body with loads of wonderful benefits.

Ingredients

  • 30 g green tea
  • 50 ml water
  • 40 g sugar
  • 130 g white chocolate, chopped
  •  800 ml milk

 

How to make it??

In a bowl, add sugar, green tea and water. Mix together well. Add chopped chocolate and blend all together.

Place it in microwave for 30-40 seconds until melt the chocolate.

Then gradually stir the milk into the chocolate mixture and mix well. Now, strain the milk mixture to remove the residue green tea powder.

Store it in a suitable bottle in the fridge.

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Green tea milk

Ingredients

30g green tea

50ml water

40g sugar

130 g white chocolate, chopped

800 ml milk

How to make it??

In a bowl, add sugar, green tea and water. Mix together well. Add chopped chocolate and blend all together. Place it in microwave for 30-40 seconds until melt the chocolate.

Then gradually stir the milk into the chocolate mixture and mix well. Now, strain the milk mixture to remove the residue green tea powder.

Store it in a suitable bottle in the fridge.

Tasty chocolate milk

This chocolate milk is a rich and full of chocolate flavor. Everyone will love this tasty treat.

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Ingredients

  • 800ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • 130g dark chocolate, grated
  • 18g cocoa powder
  • 40 g white sugar

 

How to make it??

In a saucepan add water, cocoa powder and sugar .Place over a medium heat and bring it to a simmer.

Now, add chocolate and whisk in until chocolate is melted and all ingredients combined well.

Remove it from the heat into a bowl. Gradually pour the cold milk into the melted chocolate and mix it well.

Store it in the fridge and chill well before serving. This will last for a week in the fridge. You can serve it with ice cream or just enjoy it as a cold tasty drink.

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Tasty chocolate milk

Ingredients

  • 800ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • 130g dark chocolate, grated
  • 18g cocoa powder
  • 40 g white sugar

 

How to make it??

In a saucepan add water, cocoa powder and sugar .Place over a medium heat and bring it to a simmer . Now, add chocolate and whisk in until chocolate is melted and all ingredients combined well.

Remove it from the heat into a bowl. Gradually pour the cold milk into the melted chocolate and mix it well.

Store it in the fridge and chill well before serving. This will last for a week in the fridge. You can serve it with ice cream or just enjoy it as a cold tasty drink.

 

Persian Saffron (Zafaran) sharbat 

Saffron is one the most expensive and luxurious spices in the world but it’s taste, flavour and giving yellow- orange colouring to the foods is worth the price. Saffron has amazing flavour, some say it’s like honey, some say it’s floral but I say it’s just saffroni.

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Iran is one of the most important places for cultivation and export of saffron. Grades of Iranian saffron are strongest grade. Iran is responsible for %90 of global production.

Saffron or zafaran comes from Persian word ‘ Zarparan’ meaning flower with golden petal. Saffron is one of essential spices in Iranian baking and cooking. This lovely spice is used in dishes such as different stews or rice dishes. Saffron is known as king of spices. Other countries such as Spain and Keshmir are known for their saffron too.

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Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup rose water
  • 1tbsp boiled water
  • ½ lemon juice

 

How to make it??

Using a pestle and mortar, add pinch of sugar or small piece of solid sugar and saffron threads. Mash it ( as you see in the photos).

In a small cup or bowl, first pour preheated water and then add mashed saffron. Seal the bowl with a lid and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Adding sugar to saffron will help release the best colour and also aromatic components.

Meanwhile, mix sugar, lemon juice and water in a pot and bring it to a boil until sugar dissolve. Add rose water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Then turn off the heat and add saffron water to the sugar syrup. Allow to cool.

You might serve your drink in a plane glass or you can rimming your glasses. For this purpose, mix lemon zest and sugar together. Moist rim of the glass with lemon juice and dip into the lemon zest.

For serving, add 2-3 tbsp of saffron syrup to a glass with a cup of cold water.

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Persian Saffron (Zafaran) sharbat

Ingredients

  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup rose water
  • 1tbsp boiled water
  • ½ lemon juice

How to make it??

Using a pestle and mortar, add pinch of sugar or small piece of solid sugar and saffron threads. Mash it ( as you see in the photos).

In a small cup or bowl, first pour preheated water and then add mashed saffron. Seal the bowl with a lid and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Adding sugar to saffron will help release the best colour and also aromatic components.

Meanwhile, mix sugar, lemon juice and water in a pot and bring it to a boil until sugar dissolve. Add rose water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Then turn off the heat and add saffron water to the sugar syrup. Allow to cool.

You might serve your drink in a plane glass or you can rimming your glasses. For this purpose, mix lemon zest and sugar together. Moist rim of the glass with lemon juice and dip into the lemon zest. For serving, add 2-3 tbsp of saffron syrup to a glass with a cup of cold water.

Fennel sharbat with cardamom

Sharbat /sherbet is a popular and common sweet and non-alcohol drink in Iran, India, Turkey, Afghnestan and Arab countries. Sharbat is served cold and chilled . In the 12th century a Persian book describes different kinds of sharbats in Iran which made with fruits, flowers and seeds includes: lemon, pomegranate, cherry, mint, fennel seeds, saffron, rose, jasmine, rose water…..

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Also several syrups are listed in the 11th century book ‘Canon of Medicine’ by Persian polymath Avicenna also known Ibn Sina who was a physician, astronomer, writer and thinker. He has been described as the father of early modern medicine. .Sharbat serves during the heatwave and may be flavoured with honey, sugar and spices.

Fennel seeds are called ‘ Daneh Razianeh’ in Farsi.  Fennel is good for regulate blood pressure, digestion, help purify blood and …..

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup fennel seeds
  • ½ cup water to to soak spices
  • 1 cup water
  • 20 cardamom pods
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Rose water

How to make it?

Soak the fennel seeds and cardamom pods in a bowl with ½ cup water in the fridge overnight. It will cause spices release their flavour. Once they are soaked, grind them with their soaking water and ½ cup  of water in a food processor.

Strain the water with help of a butter muslin cloth in a bowl and squeeze it..

Now add remaining ½ cup of water and sugar to the mixture and mix well. Pour it into a pot, bring to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes until the syrup thickens and turn off the heat.

Sharbat is ready, allow to chill.

For serving time, in a glass with 1 cup water, add 2 tbsp of syrup, 1-2 ice cubes, ½ tsp rose water and drops of lemon juice. This sharbat is refreshing and very tasty during a Summer day.

This sharbat syrup can last for several months in the fridge. Nosh-e jaan

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Fennel sharbat with cardamom

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fennel seeds
  • ½ cup water to to soak spices
  • 1 cup water
  • 20 cardamom pods
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon juice
  • Rose water

How to make it?

Soak the fennel seeds and cardamom pods in a bowl with ½ cup water in the fridge overnight. It will cause spices release their flavour. Once they are soaked, grind them with their soaking water and ½ cup water of water in a food processor. Strain the water with help of a butter muslin cloth in a bowl and squeeze it..

Now add remaining ½ cup of water and sugar to the mixture and mix well. Pour it into a pot, bring to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes until the syrup thickens and turn off the heat. Sharbat is ready, allow to chill.

For serving time, in a glass with 1 cup water, add 2 tbsp of syrup, 1-2 ice cubes, ½ tsp rose water and drops of lemon juice. 

Smoothies

In summer time smoothies are great solution. You can make tens of smoothies with all fruits that you like and treat yourself and family members and friends with beautiful and scrumptious smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 large slices of melons
  • 2 cups mixed frozen fruits
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Nuts: almonds – walnuts or pistachio

Instructions

Peel and slice bananas and set aside. Cut melons into small pieces. Defrost frozen fruits.
Put your choice of fruit into the blender with 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup milk and 2 tbsp honey. Blend until smooth.
Once they are ready. Stir each one separately and serve in a glass and garnish with crushed nuts.

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Doogh Persian Yogurt Drink (Ayran)

Doogh is a traditional Persian drink. A kind of cold savoury yogurt based drink that is mixture of plain yogurt with water and salt. Doogh is called ‘ Ayran’ and yogurt is Gatig in Azerbaijani and Turkish languages. This beverage is very refreshing liquid. Doogh or Ayran is served icy cold with any dish In Iran includes rice, kebab, stews.

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Doogh is popular in Iran, Indian, Afghnestan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia and Middle East . Doogh or Ayran was developed thousands years ago by nomads, a drink made out of milk.

Other additional to doogh that gives more flavour are adding dried aromatic herbs such as: mint, oregano, dried rose petals and salt. You can order doogh in all Persian restaurants in Iran and other countries.

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You can find doogh at all supermarkets in Iran, packed in different sizes of bottles but why not to prepare it at home. Doogh has a very easy recipe and in 2 seconds you would have a healthy and fresh drink. All you need is plain yogurt, water ( soda water) and salt. If you like fizzy doogh just replace soda water instead of water.

Doogh is drinking more in the hot summer time with cooling effect on body and deliciousness.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3 cups water or soda water
  • Salt to taste
  • Dried herbs

Method

Add all ingredients in a large bowl except water. Mix together. Pour water and blend well. Pour the drink in glasses and Serve it .

Noosh-e jan 

PS:I hope you make this drink and let me know what is your idea about it 🙂

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Persian Style Tea (Chai)

Tea is one of most favourite and popular drinks in all over the world.

Tea is called in Farsi ‘ Chai’, an imported word from China.

In Iran your day starts with a cup of hot tea and then it continues, I mean, we drink tea during the day and also after each meal. And it’s great in cold days of winter time.

Traditionally, tea is served from a samovar, a heating vessel which is imported into Iran from Russia.

In old days, Semavar was most important item in any Persian kitchen but nowadays, a semavar is replaced by electronic tea pot and however making tea in semavar gives lots of flavour and taste to the tea but what to do, c’est la vie.

Before 1900, Persian used to drink coffee but once an Iranian brought some tea seed to Iran and started to cultivat it in north of Iran ( Caspian sea).

Tea house, or chaikhaneh, is available anywhere in Iran but most of the time tea house is called coffee hosue ( ghahveh khaneh).

Iranian tea has variety of flavours with reddish brown colour. Tea or Chai typically served in a ceramic cup and saucer and in some villages served in small beautiful bowls. Chi traditionally served with rock sugar, sugar cubes, honey, baklava and biscuits. .