Fresh turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea – Chai ya binzari manjano. You must use fresh turmeric root.
Turmeric tea is not part of Swahili cuisine, but is known among the Indian immigrants in East Africa. East African Swahili speakers preffer to use turmeric in rice, vegetable and meat stews only.

2 tbsp fresh turmeric paste
1 tbsp fresh ginger paste
5 cups water
4 tsp honey

Mix water, turmeric and ginger in a pan and boil. Once it reach boiling point, lower heat to low, cover and boil for 5 -12 min. Serve four cups. use one teaspoon of honey for each cup.
There is no rule of how much turmeric you need per cup. You can add more as you please. And remember, turmeric is good for your skin.

Zimua Juice

Since I was young, I liked to drink the liquids from the kachumbari salad. It is funny to admit I still do that. Years ago, I had kachumbari leftovers; I thought it would not hurt to blend and have something tasty to drink. So I did and that was the beginning of my favorite Swahili drink I call zimua juice because it feels good morning after a night of a few drinks. I shared this recipe for the first time last year with the readers of Tupomoja Magazine in Tanzania.

Ingredients

  • Kg 1/ 2 lb very ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cups / 198 gm thinly sliced onions
  • 2 cups / 340 gm cucumber (peeled, seeded, and cut into small sizes)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp habanera cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro / coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon or limejuice (not fresh bottled)
  • 2 cups water to add in the blender (You may need more later)

Cleaning onions (for step number-2 below)
• 1 tsp salt for soaking onions
• 2 cups water for cleaning the onions

Celery sticks and cilantro for garnishing (optional)

  1. Clean the tomatoes; remove the seeds then cut into small size for blender.
  2. To clean the onions: In a small bowl, mix onions, ½ tsp salt and 1-cup of water. Squeeze the onions while in water for 30 seconds or about 10 times. Discard the water.
  3. Add the remaining 1-cup of water and remaining ½ tsp salt, let stand for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes discard the water by squeezing the onions; then place the onions aside.
  4. In a blender, blend tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, salt, habanera, and cilantro until smooth.
  5. Then add lemon/lime juice and 2 cups of water, mix in the blender for about 5 seconds to mix well.
  6. Serve with ice and garnish with cilantro leaves and celery as you please.

NOTES:
For your summer drink; make ice cubes using 2.5 cups of water in advance, add on step 4 above. But mix limejuice after crushing the ice cubes.