Tea makes a perfect choice for breaking of fast. Zuhaila Sedek suggests some healthy concoctions
DON’T be fooled by the bright and inviting colours of drinks sold during Ramadan. They may look good but most of the time, the sugar content is very high and all that colour is probably just food colouring.
There are healthier options. Tea, for instance. Tea is known to be high in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and carechins. All these help to eradicate free radicals in our body as well as improve the immune system.
Tea is also a great choice during the fasting month as it can reduce wind and bloatedness. Here, we share a few tea recipes from Bharat Cameron Valley Tea that you can try at home. It can be taken hot or cold but don’t put too much sugar in it!
Masala tea (Makes eight cups)
4 cups of water
Half a can of
2 star anise
½ tbsp cardamom
2 cinnamon sticks
(fresh or candied)
1 tbsp crushed black peppercorn
2 bay leaves
1 tbs thyme
Add all ingredients except condensed milk and boil them in a pot. Once boiled, strain the mixture and add condensed milk. Serve in a tea pot.
Masala tea is good for teeth and gums (cardamom), and the spices help relieve stress.
IceD Longan Tea
4 pcs longan fruit
30ml longan syrup
10ml sugar syrup (if needed)
180ml Cameron Valley tea (chilled)
Add water, longan fruits, longan syrup and sugar syrup to the tea. Stir, then add ice cubes.
The longan fruit works well for the spleen and nourishes the blood too. When paired with the benefits of tea, longan tea is definitely a good choice for Ramadan.
Cameron Valley Rosemary-infused tea
Water (hot or cold)
Add together water, rosemary tea and sugar. It tastes better without sweetener. Milk is not recommended. Sprinkle some rosemary leaves for extra aroma.
Herbal teas are a great choice after a long day of fasting. Rosemary contains high level of folic acid, which is an excellent mineral for expectant mums. The pleasant aroma is also relaxing.