While exploring India’s culture, it’s a given that you will learn about the cuisine. The smells and taste of Indian spices are enchanting as are the varied number of dishes that are available. While in India, our team traveled to many different areas. Paneer was offered in almost all of the regions and enjoyed in various dishes. Paneer is a cheese similar to cottage cheese or farmer’s cheese. It takes on multiple forms – in Eastern India it is cubed and in Northern India you’ll find it’s been kneaded and beaten like fresh mozzarella, the results a bit crumblier. It’s easy to see why it is a staple to many of meals in India! continue reading →
The word chutney derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning ‘to lick’. Associated with South Asian cuisine, these “condiments” vary greatly in flavor. Some chutney’s are fruit based while others are vegetable based. Some are chunky and some are smooth. The one thing in common with all chutneys? They’re all originally made by grinding fresh ingredients together. Popular chutneys, just as other Indian foods, vary from region to region as so much depends on the local ingredients. Chutneys are a vital combination to most Indian dishes and you’ll find they always pair well with Indian breads like chapati, naan, papadum, paratha and more! continue reading →
Just like the country itself, Indian food is extremely diverse. While the spices remain constant, you’ll find very different dishes as you travel through the country. South Indian cuisine is considered to be the hottest of all Indian food. Popular dishes in the region include idlis, vadas, dosas and sambaar. Food from North India is characterized by its thick, tasty gravies. The meals are hearty and will often include several dishes — and don’t skip out on their sweets! It’s important to have the right spices on hand when making your favorite Indian recipe, so we’ve rounded up a few to help get you started! continue reading →
Laddoo (or laddu), is a very popular Indian treat that is commonly made for festivals and celebrations. It can be made with various nuts or spices such as cashews or coconut. Here is an easy take on the sweet treat that thought would be fun to make with your little citizens!
On our travels to India, our team fell in love with a rich meal called Indori Poha, a traditional breakfast dish made out of poha (or flattened rice). It is super tasty and easy to make, and the best part about it is, you can garnish it with nearly anything. On our trip, we enjoyed it with spices and pomegranate seeds!
I can imagine if you asked grown ups their favorite childhood holiday memory, most would say baking and decorating cookies. Every year my mother would make a big batch of gingerbread and sugar cookie dough for my brother, my cousin and I to roll out and decorate.
There would be bottle after bottle of red, white and green crystals, sanding sugars and little silver balls that looked just like holiday ornaments. The only time we were quiet was when we were all decorating our cookies with precision and care. My mom would then pop them into the oven to bake until just golden, while we sipped on hot cocoa before returning to the table to cover the cookies with icing and frosting in an array of colors. continue reading →
My family is a blend of Scottish, Irish, German and Native American. Our Christmas Eve tradition? A Nordic feast featuring Swedish meatballs and lefse at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. While most meatballs are known to sit on top of spaghetti, these meatballs are piled high onto a hearty serving of mashed potatoes. Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread made of potatoes and flour… best served with copious amounts of butter! For the past 20 years, the table has been set with Spode Christmas china, poinsettias, candles and these two staple dishes.
Most likely, your family has a potato salad recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Take a second to recall your family’s favorite recipe… is it served cold or hot? Does it have a mayonnaise or vinegar base? The type of recipe you have probably depends on where your family hails from.
Have you ever wondered how Tea Collection became Tea Collection? The name Tea Collection originated from the idea that tea is shared in nearly every culture around the world. Tea (our company) is about sharing our discoveries and encouraging adventure. We thought this was a pretty great fit. In Morocco, mint tea is one of the most popular drinks and is served at least once a day. When guests visit a Moroccan home, it is considered good etiquette to offer them mint tea. At one time, the tradition was to ceremoniously prepare the tea in front of the guests. This tradition still takes place as a custom in certain regions and at some formal occasions, however, today it is more common to prepare the tea in the kitchen, then presenting it to the guests. We enjoyed our fair share of mint tea during our travels and we’ve tried many times to recreate the sweet drink for our friends here in San Francisco.
Below is a recipe that tasted very similar to tea we had abroad and we’d like to share it with you!
1 tablespoon loose-leaf green tea leaves
1 handful fresh spearmint leaves, washed
½ liter of boiling water (about 2 cups)
3 tablespoons sugar
1. Boil a little more than a liter of water.
2. Rinse a small tea pot with a ¼ cup of water.
3. Add the loose-leaf green tea leaves and another ¼ cup of boiling water to the pot.
4. Swirl the water and leaves in the pot to rinse the leaves, then pour out the water.
5. Add the mint leaves, sugar, and ½ liter of boiling water to the pot and leave to steep for at least 5 minutes.
6. Stir the tea and pour into small tea cups to serve.
This recipe can also be chilled and served over ice as a cool refreshment. We think an iced Moroccan mint tea stand would be a fun alternative to a lemonade stand this summer!
Guest post by Emma Randall; current student at Santa Clara University studying Finance and Retail Studies.