This year’s Bangalore trip saw me catching up with loads of friends, which meant that I got to check out tonnes of neat cafe there. One such get together saw me at Claytopia in Koramangala. We deigned to sit in the open courtyard, fanned by the green foliage of the tree cover. Our curiosity was piqued by a promotional stand card on our table which advertised Purple Tea.
Purple, we all exclaimed disbelieving. But the server assured us its the highlight of the place and we must try it out. When the teapot arrived, we all exclaimed yet again as the tea was blue and not purple!!!
” Whats going on ?” we all demanded!
“Just pour the tea into your cups Madam and then drop the lemon wedge.”
Now here I must tell you, we loved the exotic blue colour which (we read the card to know) comes from the blue of the flowers – Butterfly Pea flowers or Aparajita. When steeped in hot water, the colour leaches out thus creating a tisane or a caffeine free tea.
We did as instructed and couldn’t believe our eyes that the tea started to change colour instantly. It was such a pretty sight and of course we had to shoot it then and there. Have a look at this video:
My friend had dropped the lemon slice into the teacup and then poured the hot liquid right over it. We watched in amazement as the steady blue stream pouring into the cup, changed its colour to purple. Magic!!!!
What an amazing food discovery this is and how wonderfully its been turned into a unique tea ceremony.
Some Google later, I came to know that a change in the PH of the liquid by the addition of say Lemon, changes the colour. This tea was made popular in South East Asia as a major detox drinks in spas. Thanks to food and travel shows, it reached a wider audience and embellished by culinary creativity.
As for the taste of this tea, it was too sour and lemony for my taste buds. I tried some without the lemon and found the tartness just right. My friends wanted some honey to balance it out.I highly recommend the drama of this purple tea but perhaps it's not for everyone's taste buds.… Click To Tweet
I hear this tea is being used to create some colourful and dramatic cocktails; maybe that’s what we should try next 😉
What did you think of this tea?
Would you be tempted to try it out?
Have you tried it out?
Do share your thoughts and experiences on this please.
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