How to Make Lemongrass Tea Recipe – with Pandan and Ginger (Loaded with Health Benefits!): In the Philippines, we use lemongrass aka “Tanglad” a lot for cooking. Tanglad is often used as an ingredient for soups such as tinola or sinigang. We also use tanglad to enhance the flavor of roasted meat, such as when we stuff tanglad leaves into the belly of lechon. But other than being an ingredient for savory dishes, another special use of tanglad is for making refreshing lemongrass tea!
What I love about lemongrass tea is that you can have it hot or cold and either way, it tastes really good! So whether you want a refreshing drink to cool you down in summer, or a nice hot drink to warm you up on cold nights, this should be your go-to beverage. Not to mention that it has a lot of health benefits too!
Lemon Grass Tea Recipe: How to Make Lemongrass Tea with Pandan and Ginger
I was hesitant about calling this drink “Lemongrass Tea” because we’re not really using tea leaves. If you want to be technical about it, you can call it a lemongrass drink or lemongrass juice instead! Watch the Youtube video below to learn how to make lemongrass tea with pandan and ginger.
5-8 stalks of fresh lemongrass
4 stalks of pandan leaves
1 medium-sized ginger
2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar
5 cups of water
Clean the lemongrass, pandan leaves, and ginger.
Chop off the lower stalk of the lemongrass, and tie the leaves into bundles.
Slice off the skin and julienne the ginger.
Chop the pandan leaves into small strips.
Pour 5 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil.
Add the lemongrass, pandan leaves, and ginger into the boiling water.
Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Lower heat then simmer for 3 more minutes.
Strain the tea into a clean pot. Add 2-3 spoonfuls of brown sugar and stir.
Set aside and let it cool.
If you like to enjoy your tea warm, you may drink it right after boiling. I personally enjoy it as a refreshing cold drink, so I let it cool first then pour it into a glass full of ice.
You may also adjust the sweetness of the tea by adding less or more spoonfuls of sugar. If you wish to make the tea with stronger hints of spiciness, you may also add more ginger as well.
Lemongrass Tea Benefits: What is Lemongrass Tea Good For?
Lemongrass or Tanglad has a variety of health benefits. Here are a few:
Aids with Digestion
Has anti-inflammatory properties
May help boost metabolism
Full of anti-oxidants
Loaded with Vitamin C for stronger immunity
Lemongrass tea for weight loss?
I have also seen articles online saying that lemongrass tea has weight loss benefits as well, presumably because it helps in boosting metabolism.
However, the fact that you add sugar to the tea is counter-intuitive. If you’re drinking it for its metabolic health benefits, then I suggest that you don’t add sugar anymore since sugar will definitely not help with your weight loss.
How much Lemongrass Tea Should I drink?
Is it okay to drink lemongrass tea every day? Unless you have any other pre-existing medical conditions, I don’t see any reason not to drink it every day. To start, you may drink one glass per day in moderation. If you develop any negative reactions to the tea, consult with a physician right away.
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