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7 color tea, the Bengali rainbow tea-based drink – Italian Cuisine

7-color tea is a hot drink made from typical Bangladesh tea, characterized by 7 rainbow-colored layers, different flavors and densities

To look at it almost looks like a cocktail, but the Bengali tea with 7 colors it is one of the many colorful tea-based drinks spread in Asia, including the much more popular Bubble Tea that has recently landed successfully in Taiwan in the West. The lesser known but equally fascinating Seven-Color Tea is typical of Bangladesh, not surprisingly one of the countries with the highest high consumption of tea in the world. This multicolored drinks it has a fascinating history and a special, partly secret recipe, which includes multi-colored layers based on different blends and different tastes.

Invention and history of the Asian rainbow drink

No wonder that the creation of such a complex drink was due, years ago, to a "tea alchemist": Romesh Ram Gour, owner of two tea shops in Srimangal, in the north-eastern region of Bangladesh, Sylhet, about 200 kilometers from the capital Dhaka. Gour, in fact, years ago made an extraordinary discovery; pouring different varieties of tea, containing different spices, tea leaves and milk into a glass, he noticed that they were going to create distinct layers, each with a different color and density. Starting from this intuition the owner of the Nilkantha Tea Cabin has carried out his experiments for about a year, until he achieved and perfected what is the secret original mixture. Since then, many people go to the stalls adjacent to its two shops to taste the now famous drink, as many are those who try to reproduce it or buy it.

7-color tea has become so popular over the years that it has also attracted the attention of important international media, including "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Guardian", and that of famous people. The first of these, in 2012, was none other than the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, who summoned Gour to have the famous drink prepared for him personally. A few years later, in 2017, it was the turn of the Qatari ambassador to Bangladesh, Ahmed bin Mohamed al-Dehaimi, who not only visited Gour at his store, but decided to pay for a 7-color glass of tea 7 thousand taka, about 70 euros.


The formula for making tea with seven colors

Although the original recipe is still shrouded in mystery, long ago Romesh Ram Gour decided to reveal some ingredients and part of the process. What is known is that to make tea from 7 colors serve local leaves, condensed milk, lemon, various aromas and spices and finally green tea and three different types of black tea. It is also known that the surface of the drink is covered with cinnamon, that the fourth layer is a black tea mixed with condensed milk and that the final one is made with fragrant green tea with cinnamon, cloves and a secret ingredient. The result is one drink composed of colored levels and clearly distinguished from each other, ranging from bright green to dark brown to burgundy red. The classic mix requires that there are seven layers, hence the name of the drink, but sometimes Romesh Ram Gour has managed to reach up to ten.
One last curiosity: once the various types of tea are poured into the glass, the rainbow effect with the distinct strips remains intact for about 30 minutes, so if you ever happen to go to Bangladesh, you have plenty of time for take good pictures and then drink it calm!

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Plumcake with tea matcha – Italian Cuisine

Mix the sugar with the softened butter.
1 sugar and butter

Once you have a creamy and light mixture, add one egg at a time.
Then add the sifted flour and baking powder.
Then put the matcha tea too.
2 add te matcha

After adding the chocolate drops, mix the ingredients.
Pour the mixture into a greased and floured plum cake mold and level the surface.
Cook at 170 ° C for 40 minutes.
3 pour into the plumcake mold

Your matcha tea plum cake is ready to be served.
plumcake matcha
plum cake with tea matcha

In the Azores Islands, in São Miguel, you can drink purple volcanic tea – Italian Cuisine

In the Azores Islands, and in particular in that of San Miguel, a local specialty is the volcanic purple tea

THE'island of São Miguel, one of the nine islands of the archipelago delle Azores as well as the largest, it is famous for its volcanic scenery, thermal springs and enchanting lush natural landscapes. Few know, however, that this independent island, but of Portuguese affiliation, is also known for a unique type of tea in the world, also called the volcanic purple tea.

The true wonder of the Azores is in a teacup

Although the Azores have so much to offer visitors, from the emerald green expanses, to the volcanic lakes, steaming fumaroles, to the crystal clear sea, one of the most famous local attractions is an incredible variety of teas. To tell about its characteristics and history it is necessary to state that on the island of São Miguel, thanks to the subtropical climate, it is one of the few green tea and black tea plantations in Europe. To give life to the purple volcanic tea variety is just a green tea of ​​local production with the addition of mineral water from the hot springs. When the inhabitants add green tea to this water, from the natural temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, in short, this limpid begins to turn gray, then goes to the lavender color and finally to a bright purple. This exceptional shade variation is due to the chemical reaction of green tea, rich in antioxidants, in contact with volcanic water, rich instead of minerals including iron and non-oxidized acid. The taste of this tea is called earthy, with clayey notes. Certainly it is an experience to try at least once in life.

Purple Butterfly Pea Tea with Lime in Mason Jar Glass

Not only violet tea: the other specialties of São Miguel

Despite its particularity, purple volcanic tea but it is not the only food and wine specialty worthy of note of São Miguel: the island presents a simple cuisine, but rich in flavor, strongly influenced by the Spanish one. A dish not to be missed among the many specialties is the cozido, a mixed boiled meat and vegetables which typically includes pork ears and bacon, chicken, taro root, carrots, cabbage, garlic and some morcela (black pudding). This stew comes cooked under the ground, thanks to geothermal heat, and the preparation takes between six and eight hours. An interesting aspect of the recipe is that the ingredients are not added to the water, because thanks to the steam they release their liquids in a natural way, creating a sauce, and making the overall taste of the dish moist and rich. In addition to the cozido on the island you can try an interesting one assortment of cheeses, served with a cream of sweet peppers, different dishes based on fish including the soup and baccalà, but also the São Jorge coffee, Portuguese pastries and muffins, liqueurs and various wines. Finally, both in São Miguel and on the other Azores islands, the passion fruit and pineapple, to be eaten raw at the end of a meal or as protagonists of delicious desserts.

Cozido das Furnas, Azores Islands, San Miguel (D-Stanley).
Cozido das Furnas, Azores Islands, San Miguel (D-Stanley).