A day prior to Christmas, Times of India reported that the temperature in Mumbai is 11-degrees. This took me back to the memory lane of Himachal Pradesh. It was much colder in Himachal Pradesh in October than it is here in Mumbai in December.
My constant companion, apart from my travel-buddy Krishna, on this once-in-a-lifetime journey was the ‘Honey Lemon Ginger Tea’ (HLGT). Little did we realize that it would soon become part of our staple diet while amidst the mountains in Mc Leod Ganj, Barot Valley, Tirthan Valley, Kasol and other places!
So what is this beverage all about?
As the name suggests, it is simply put a water based drink with lemon drops, honey and grated ginger.
Why do I write about it?
A friend we met in Dharamkot, accidently introduced us to this heavenly drink at a local café. And the rest, as they say, is history. I choose to write about it because HGLT was delicious and helpful for our digestion system. There were times where we used to hog on the flavoursome North-Indian delicacies and end up drinking two glasses of this sweet-tangy drink. It is easily available at all the places where we visited because it is a necessity in the cold weather. So, while you travel, do ask for this local drink to savour on.
How I wish, it would have the same effect while in Mumbai as well. Beware, too much of this drink in Mumbai can be harmful for your stomach!
Recipe: (Source: ndtv.food.com)
Ingredients: 3 cups water, 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger, 1 tbsp tea leaves for every cup of water, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp honey
- In a pan heat 3 cups of water
- Before it begins to boil add ginger
- Just as it starts to boil add the tea leaves, lemon juice and honey
- Strain it into a cup and enjoy!
Some other foods that are must-try while in North India: Maggi, momos, fresh fruit juices, home cooked food, aloo chat, eggs and tea.