Holy Basil Seed Tea
Did you know when you put holy basil seeds in water (pictured), the soluble fiber outer layer soaks up the water and forms a plump, gel-like coating? People like using these soaked seeds in drinks and desserts because they bring a unique texture to the table.
Try this simple recipe for Holy Basil Seed Tea:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons holy basil seeds
- 2 cups water
- 2 to 3 black tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose-leaf black tea
- Sugar or sweetener of choice (adjust to taste)
- Ice cubes
Prepare Basil Seeds:
- Rinse the holy basil seeds thoroughly under cold water.
- Soak the seeds in 1 cup of water for about 15-20 minutes. They will swell and form a gel-like coating.
Brew Black Tea:
- Steep the black tea bags or loose-leaf tea in 1 cup of hot water for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags or strain out the loose leaves.
- While the tea is still warm, add sugar or sweetener to taste. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
Combine Basil Seeds and Tea:
- Mix the soaked basil seeds with the brewed black tea. Stir well to combine.
- Chill the Basil Seed Tea by letting the basil seed tea cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until it's cold.
Serve Over Ice:
- Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the chilled basil seed tea over the ice.
- Stir the drink with a large straw or spoon before sipping to distribute the basil seeds evenly.
- Optionally, you can garnish by adding a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint for added freshness.