Our Indian Afternoon Tea was inspired by the book "Tea Parties Around the World" by Tea Time Magazine. This book is fantastic and is full of recipes for themed afternoon teas as well as suitable tea pairings. We adapted some of the recipes and served our Indian teas from The London Drum tea collection.
If you are wanting a bright, colourful and flavoursome afternoon tea, an Indian themed tea is the perfect choice. Your everyday teaware can be used, you only need bright flowers and a nice tablecloth to really set the scene.
Remember to have milk available for the Masala Chai, as well as jaggery or honey for those who like a sweetened Masala Chai.
India grows some of the worlds most globally acclaimed tea, so naturally, serving Indian grown tea just makes sense! What we served:
INDIAN MASALA CHAI is probably the most well known Indian style of tea and a favourite for many people, Blended with an bold Assam tea base with the addition of ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppercorn, Indian Masala Chai is warming, smooth and very flavoursome. It pairs very well with any style of Indian food and in this case, paired perfectly with our Nankha Tai Cookies. Delicious black and unsweetened or equally delicious simmered with any style of milk and the addition of jaggery or honey.
DARJEELING MARGARET'S HOPE Darjeeling teas are famous worldwide for its unique characteristics. Lighter than most black tea, Darjeeling Margaret's Hope is picked later in the season, imparting the muscatel and apricot flavours this tea is famous for. This tea is best served without milk due to its lighter nature and pairs well with the Pistachio and Rose Scones.
ASSAM DIKOM Assam teas are famous for their bold malt notes and robust flavour. This tea perfectly stands up to strong tasting foods like the Curried Egg Sandwiches and the Chocolate, Date and Coconut Tarts. While delicious without milk, this tea also takes well to milk.
As always, refer to the label or our website tea page for the reccommended brewing instructions.
As previously mentioned, these recipes are an adaption from the book "Tea Parties Around The World". We used our base Scone Recipe with the addition of a few ingredients, omitted the ginger in the Chocolate and Date Tarts and added egg to our curried sandwiches. Here we go..
CURRIED EGG & YOGHURT SANDWICHES
Serves 4 people (makes 8 slices)
8 slices of your choice of sliced soft bread (we used white)
4 eggs, hard boiled
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1/4 cup of natural greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons of chopped corriander leaves
Pinch of salt
1. In a small sized bowl, mash the eggs, set aside.
2. In a medium sized bowl, stir the yoghurt, curry powder, corriander and salt with a spoon until combined. Add the mashed egg and stir together until all of the egg is coated in the yoghurt mixture.
3. Spoon mixture evenly over 4 of the bread slices, using a butter knife to spread evenly over each slice.
4. Place a plain slice of bread over top of each egg mixture slice and using a serated knife, carefully slice off the crusts and slice each sandwich into 2 rectangles.
PISTACHIO AND ROSE SCONES
Serves 8 (makes 8 whole scones)
Cook time: approx 12 minutes
2 cups SR triple sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tb spoon unsalted butter
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons food-grade dried rose petals
1/4 cup finely ground pistachios
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar
Garnish: ground pistachios and rose petals
Serve: orange marmalade
1. Pre-heat oven to 220 C
2. Sift flour, add pistachio and salt into a bowl together.
3. Rub butter into flour mixture using fingertips
4. Add rose petals, mix into a soft dough with the milk using figertips (do not over mix)
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until just combined and smooth
6. Roll out the dough to approx 2 cm thick and cut shapes using a round cookie cutter
7. Arrange on the tray (the further apart, the crustier the outer will be) and glaze with milk
8. Place above the middle tray in the oven and bake for approx 12 mins or until a light golden brown colour
9. Lift onto cake cooler (scones do not need to be cool to add icing)
10. With a spoon, mix the cream and icing sugar in a small bowl. Use a spoon to spread icing mixture on each scone. Sprinkle scones with rose petals and pistachio.
11. Serve with orange marmalade
NANKHA TAI COOKIES
Approx 12 minutes cooking time
1/2 cup super fine caster sugar
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter), soft
2 tablespoons ful-fat greek yoghurt
2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup chickpea flour (gram flour)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Note: Splash of milk may be needed if mixture becomes too dry
1. Preheat oven to 180 C
2. In a food processor, cream the sugar, ghee and yoghurt until fluffy
3. Add the flours, baking powder, bicarb soda, cardamom and nutmeg until combined (should resemble coarse bread crumbs). If too coarse to come together, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until correct consistency.
4. Shape doughinto a ball, cover in glad wrap and refridgerate for 30 minutes
5. Line a baking sheet with baking paper
6. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin
7. Using a cookie cutter, cut cookie dough (you should get around 12 cookies).
8. Using a metal spatula, carefully lift the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a space of about 2cm between cookies.
9. Place an almond into the centre of the cookie dough. Be careful not to press too hard or you might break the dough.
10. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, approximately 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
CHOCOLATE, DATE & COCONUT TARTS
3/4 cup pitted Medjool dates, divided
150 grams of 75% dark chocolate, chopped and divided
1 cup whole raw almonds
2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup coconut cream (not milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish: whipped cream, grated chocolate, fresh raspberries, mint sprigs.
1. Lightly grease 14 small silicone moulds (mini sized muffins)
2. In a medium sized bowl, cover 1/2 cup of the dates with warm water and set aside for 10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Using a small glass or metal bowl, melt half of the chocolate by resting the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Stir until melted.
4. In a food processor bowl, pulse together soaked dates and almonds until finely ground. Add the melted chocolate, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt processing until incorporated.
5. Divide the date mixture among the moulds and freeze until firm.
6. In a medium saucepan, heat together coconut cream, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and remaining chocolate until the chocolate melts.
7. In a food processor, process together the chocolate mixture, vanilla, 1/4 cup dates and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth.
8. Divide chocolate mixture among the frozen date shells and freeze for at least 2 hours.
9. Remove from mould while still frozen, let thaw for 30 minutes before serving.
10. Garnish with cream, raspberries, chocolate and mint!
There you have it! A delicious Indian Afternoon Tea for friends or family! Happy sipping!
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