PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM THE TEACUP !

Came across this beautiful story from the Buddha’s life, where he teaches us how to deal with insults. We at Jivraj Tea Ltd. take pleasure in sharing it with you. Hope this will give you wisdom next time you encounter an insult. Also, please feel free to share it with others as well !

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One day Buddha was walking through a village teaching Dharma. A very angry and rude young man belong to another group of believers came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man,

“Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered,

“It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said,

“That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.” …. …”If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”

The young man listened closely to these wise words of the Buddha.

“You are right, o Enlightened One, “he said. “Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower.” The Buddha answered kindly,

“Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me.”

So he began to walk the path of Buddhism.

Let your anger dissolve in your body like Sugar in Tea ! :)

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Wishing All the Dear Tea Lovers, Happiness, Love, Success, Wisdom & Joy for the New Year !

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Relishing Tea & Fritters while it Rains !

Dear Tea Lovers,

Sitting in my office, on one of those beautiful rainy days in India, my pipping hot cup of Tea seems like the perfect way to unwind. The smoke arising from my teacup set against the moist window glass looked truly photogenic. The pouring of the rain makes way for some celebration time with Tea & Fritters. This post is going to be about the tea celebration that we have while it rains  :)

JIVRAJ GROUP is based in the Diamond City ~ Surat in Gujarat, India. Gujarat is well known  for its billions of colors, silk sarees, diamonds, years long maintained traditions and its CHA ( Tea called in Gujarati Language ). I had mentioned about the CHAI KITLIS in my previous post. In every city of Gujarat, one can find the flock of Tea lovers on such Tea stalls in every nook and corner. Thus, one can always have the pleasure of getting mesmerized by the aroma of hot masala tea at any time of the day. But the best part is the love, value and demand of TEA, Cha which rises up exponentially in the monsoons. The first showers are celebrated like any other festival in the country.

In Gujarat, the first showers of monsoon are welcomed  with yummy vegetable fritters and hot pipping tea.

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The warmth of the tea and fritters brings together family and friends. People flock around their favorite places like the Dumas Beach in Surat City or the Swati restaurant in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. We, at JIVRAJ TEA LTD. , as the manufacturers of Packaged Tea take pride in the fact that our product is consumed and relished by millions and undoubtedly, has become the source of warmth and happiness.

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To bring the feel of this little special part of India, try making Jivraj Tea & fritters yourself. :) Click Here for some easy delicious recipes. Hope you’ll enjoy it !

Wishing you a TEAlicious time !

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Happy Mother’s Day !

Dear Tea Lovers,

This blog is going to be more on philosophical side, than the usual stuff about Tea. In our daily hustle and bustle of Life, we fail to acknowledge the most basic things or people that are around us. In India or probably around the World, people have always placed Doctors next to God. Amidst these we forget that after God, also comes a MOTHER ~ Your Actual LIFE GIVER. It is no less than a miracle of how a LIFE IS BORN OUT OF A LIFE. The pain that a woman endures during the delivery of a child is believed to be 9 times more than the maximum threshold of pain that any human body can bear. Is this less than a miracle ?

In Honor of Motherhood, every 2nd Sunday of May is celebrated as Mothers Day. A day when all the Mothers, Mother-in-laws, Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers, Great Great Grand Mothers :) are honored, appreciated & acknowledged in every small and big way.

The 20th Century is witnessing an era of SUPER MOMS :) where a woman is a perfect mother, a perfect wife, a perfect employee and a perfect boss.  JIVRAJ TEA LTD. salutes & wishes all the Lovely Beautiful Amazing Mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

It is truly said that ‘THE HANDS THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, RULES THE WORLD’. It is from a poem by William Ross Wallace that celebrates Motherhood and the concept that what a person becomes in their life starts with what they learn from their mother and that ultimately, it is mothers that have the greatest influence on what we are or become.

CELEBRATING MOTHERHOOD ON THIS BEAUTIFUL MOTHER’S DAY.

CUTE MOTHER'S DAY

THE BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT !

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

MOTHERS ARE CHARMING,
THEIR FOOD IS ENCHANTING,
& THEIR LOVE IS EVERLASTING.

COOKIES FOR MOTHER'S DAY

LOVE MOM COOKIES

A Small gesture from your end is enough to make your mom love you more than ever. But why not take an extra step for this special day :)

>> BAKE LOVE MOM COOKIES <<

INGREDIENTS :

  • Special Equipment: 2- to 3-inch alphabet cookie cutters; several sealable plastic bags (not pleated)
PREPARATION METHOD :
  • Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld, then beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  • Form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll out 1 piece of dough (keep remaining dough chilled) into an 81/2-inch round (1/4 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with cutters and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.
  • Gather scraps and chill until dough is firm enough to reroll, 10 to 15 minutes. Make more cookies with remaining dough and scraps (reroll only once) in same manner on cooled baking sheets.
  • For each color (you can make up to 7), transfer 1/4 cup icing to a separate small bowl and tint with food coloring. Snip off 1 corner of each plastic bag to create a 1/4-inch opening, then spoon each color icing into a bag, pressing out excess air. Twist each bag firmly just above icing, then decoratively pipe (or spread) colored icing onto cookies. Let icing dry completely (about 1 hour, depending on humidity) before storing cookies.

Looking out for a simpler way to wish her ? Just BREW the first CUP OF MORNING TEA for her :)  Simple as that :)

Keep having a TEAlicious time my Tea Lovers.

Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Check out the amazing ONLINE BUYING SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY PREMIUM COMBO OFFER on our website WWW.J9TEA.COM . Gift your Mother a cupful of Wellness on this mother’s day.

Tag your mother in the fabulous Mothers Day Album of Jivraj Tea Ltd. on Facebook on our official JIVRAJ TEA LTD. PAGE.

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Indian Chai – The Winning Flavor

Chai ~ More than a mere Beverage… Its a TRADITION.

For all my dear Tea Lovers,

India can be defined as a country consisting of different Religions & over more than 400 languages. The 1 Ribbon that ties these Billions of Indians, is a cup of Masala Chai.

In India, the morning starts with a cup of steaming chai, afternoon break is the time to recharge & get refreshed with a cup of Tea & Evenings are simply incomplete with an extra doze of Tea. Thus, Tea is more of a Tradition in India. Circumstances or Time are totally irrelevant for this magical Beverage. The Tea simply flows :)

You will find ‘KITLI CULTURE’ in India, where Tea is served on small hand driven Lorries, in mud pots called ‘KULLAD’ or Small Glasses called ‘CUTTING CHAI’.  The favorite snacks to go along with the steaming Chai are ‘MUSKA BUN’ (Butter Bread) and ‘NAMKEEN’ (Spicy Snacks). Yet the all time favorite are our very  own PARLE-G Glucose Biscuits which are to a must to dunk in your Masala Chai :)

I came across some beautiful pictures of typical Chai ki Kitli, through www.chaikidukaan.com.

INDIAN KITLI

KITLI KI CHAI

Chai ki kitliwalla

Indian Chaiwalla

CHAI CUTTING

CUTTING CHAI

Tea & Parle-G Biscuits
DO NOT LEAVE HOPE - JIVRAJ 9 TEA

DO NOT LEAVE HOPE - JIVRAJ TEA LTD.

For now, this was all about the Magical Indian Tea. Shall see you soon with some more facts about Indian Tea. till than keep having a TEAlicious time :)

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TEA RINGS >> M Hooked to TEA :)

Hey TEA Lovers,

The one thing that we share for sure, is our Passion and Love for TEA. And when you start exploring the World of TEA, it can surely take you by surprise. It was a funny incident that i encountered. I was surfing through the internet for a Ring which has a Cup of Tea or a Kettle on it. Thus, my Search Term was ‘ TEA RINGS ‘. What i expected, was something like these pictures below :

Tea Rings with a Rustic Look

Tea Kettle Ring

Tea Kettle Ring with a couple of Cherries

Tea Cup Ring

Tea Cup Ring with a couple of Cherries

These Tea Rings would be a great Gift to a TEA LOVER. But my search did not end here. What i came across was something that i hadn’t seen or EATEN in the surroundings where i live. I saw ‘ TEA RING RECIPES ‘. They totally mesmerized me and made me think “How on Earth have i not tasted these before ? “. Thus, I decided to cook them myself and of course share the magical Recipe with you Tea Lovers.

Recipe for Swedish TEA RINGS . Lets get Hooked to TEA :)

Preparation time : 25 Mins. + Rising, Bake : 20 Mins. + Cooling

Servings : 24

Ingredients :

Icing :

Directions :

Start off with a large Bowl by dissolving Yeast in warm Water. Now add the Sugar, Oil, the beaten Egg Whites, Salt and 1 cup All-Purpose Flour; beat up all the ingredients until Smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a Soft Dough.
Turn onto a lightly Floured surface; knead until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with Cooking Spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Making Slices in the TEA RING

Artistically making Cuts in the TEA RING

Combine the Walnuts, Maraschino Cherries, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon; set them aside. Punch the Dough down; roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Brush with Butter; sprinkle with the Nut mixture that we just prepared to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up the Dough in  Jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch Seam to Seal.
Place seam side down on a 14-in. pizza pan coated with Cooking Spray; pinch ends together to form a Ring. With Scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at scant 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Tea Ring ready to Bake

The TEA RING ready to go into the Oven

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until Golden Brown. Remove from pan to a Wire Rack to cool.
Combine the icing ingredients; drizzle over Tea Ring. 

Icing on the TEA RING

Icing on the TEA RING

Yield: 1 ring (24 slices).

Relish your TEA RINGS along with a Cuppa of HOT JIVRAJ 9 TEA :)

The Final TEA RING

TEA RING ready to be gobbled away !

So when are you going to try your Own TEA RING ? Tea Rings are also made with different fillings like Apricots, different Fruits etc. The various names of TEA RINGS that you will come across are English Tea Ring, French Tea Ring, Apricots Tea Ring and many more.

TEA RING

Cherries peeping out through TEA RING

It was glad sharing the yummy Recipe with you dear Tea Lovers. Start to COOK – BAKE – SIP :)

As i always say keep having a TEAlicious time :)  ~ JIVRAJ TEA LTD.

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TAIYAKI and TEA – A Japanese Tale

Hello Tea Lovers,

Hope you are having a great TEA time. :) I have discovered something NEW (atleast for me), on my journey of exploring different types of Tea and Snacks that the World is enjoying. And here is where i share it with you. As we know Tea boasts of its existence in the pages of history for almost 5000 years now. Over the years people have learnt about consuming this magical plant in different ways. The Traditions and Customs have also been Knitted by different Tea consuming countries, which revolve around TEA.

I came across a Japanese Tale which introduced me to the custom of having TAIYAKI and Green Tea. Taiyaki is a Japanese Fish shaped cake. It is said that Taiyaki was first baked by a sweet shop Naniwaya in Azabu, Tokyo in 1909. Today you can find Taiyaki, all over Japan, specially in its Supermarkets and Food Festivals.

Mini Taiyaki from Tokyo

Mini Taiyaki and Green Tea as served in Tokyo

Taiyaki is a fishe shaped filled pancake but ironically it does not have anything to do with Fish. I do wonder what is the significance of fish shape. Do enlighten me if you know. :)  It tastes wonders with TEA.

Well, how do you make one ? So here it is :

Taiyaki is made from the regular Pancake or Waffle Batter. The traditional filling is that of Anko and Pasta. Anko is sweet azuki (Red Beans) paste which is often used to make Japanese sweets. Some People do make it interesting by changing the filling to Chocolate, Cheese and Custard. Yummmm….

A female making Taiyaki

A female making Taiyaki with different Fillings. Yummm !!!

I would like to share with you, The Recipe of Taiyaki with Anko filling :)

The Recipe for Anko :

Ingredients:

  • Red Beans 1+1/2 cups (300 grams)
  • Sugar 1+1/2 cups (300 grams)
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon

METHOD :
Rinse the beans in a colander. Place them in a large bowl with a plenty of water to cover the beans. Let them soak for 3 to 8 hours.

Instructions:

(1) Drain and place the beans in a deep pot with a plenty of water to cover the Beans. Bring it to a boil. You will see a lot of foams forming on the surface. Put the beans in a colander and rinse them well with running water to remove foams. Clean the pot and fill with fresh water, place the beans back in a pot and bring it to a boil.

(2) Repeat step (1). This time after rinsing the Beans, add 1300cc water( 5 + 2/3 cups) and bring it to a boil again. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until the beans become so tender that you can break it with your tongue. (Be careful not to burn your tongue.) Add a little water as necessary. Stir more frequently toward the end.

(3) When the beans are completely soft add 1+1/2 cups (300 grams) Sugar and 1/2 teaspoon Salt. Simmer at low without a lid, stirring very frequently until the mixture becomes somewhat thick.

Anko

Anko – The sweet Red Beans Paste

And now, Here I Present to you the Recipe of TAIYAKI with Anko filling :

TAIYAKI Mold

The simple TAIYAKI Mold

Electrical Taiyaki Mold

The Electrical Taiyaki Mold

Ingredients:

Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder, and Cornstarch and  Set them aside.

Beat together the Eggs, Honey, if using, and Sugar till frothy and to it add the Flour mixture and Water. Whip till smooth.

Preheat a Taiyaki-ki and brush it/ Greece it lightly with oil. Pour in a small amount of batter to the preheated pan, add a tablespoon of anko and more batter as necessary to fill in the details. Close and latch the pan.

Turn the heat to medium low and cook about 30 seconds then turn the pan over. Heat evenly for a minute and turn again. Repeat. The taiyaki are done when you can easily open the iron and the taiyaki are a golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately with Green Tea. Makes about 12 Taiyaki.

The Japanese Sweet

Taiyaki – The Perfect Japanese Sweet

TAIYAKI JEWELLERY

TAIYAKI ON YOUR FINGERS

A Family gathering or a small get together with Friends serves the perfect occasion of serving the Best Green Tea with Taiyaki. Show off your skills in Japanese Cuisine :P

Hey Friends, do share with me all the interesting TEA Traditions you come across. It is always great to learn something new about this Magical Plant which just denies to fade away with passing time. I simply adore my TEA. Don’t You ?

Keep having a TEAlicious Time Friends. :)

P. S : You can Share with me your Recipes and Pictures of your TAIYAKI or any such wonderful Snacks that you make only on my website WWW.J9TEA.COM.

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Barley – Not just for Beer but also for TEA

Hello Tea Lovers,

Once again i have brought for you something new about TEA. Here we are going to discuss about a cereal grain ‘Barley’.

A Close Look at the Barley

It makes Beer & Tea :)

Barley, i always thought was used only as a key ingredient for manufacturing Beer and Whisky. But someone enlightened me about a beverage called ‘Barley Tea‘. Well, as you guessed it. I just HAD to try it. This tea is orange in color with a mellow taste and a light earthy flavor.

Barley Tea

In fact it’s the tea of choice for many Koreans and is also popular in Japan.  In Korea, this tea is usually served cold as a refreshing summer beverage, whereas it can be obtained all year round in Japan where it is enjoyed either hot or cold. The main difference is that in Korea the whole barley (with the hull) is usually roasted for the tea and sometimes roasted corn infusion is added. This is because barley has a slight bitter flavor and the corn gives the drink some sweetness to offset the bitterness.

People rarely sit down and think about having a nice cup of barley tea. They should, however, because of the innumerable health benefits that barley tea boasts. Please follow the link to know more about this wonderful beverage.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BARLEY TEA

Another way to make barley tea is from scratch, roasting the barley in the oven or in a skillet and then boiling it and straining it. This takes more time to prepare, but it can be turned into iced tea without steeping for more than a few minutes.

Mugicha is available in Japan in single serving size cans. It can be found in machines that are like soft drink machines. It beats colas and un-colas hands down for quenching thirst. It is also better for teeth, since it won’t cause cavities, and better for weight control, since it has no Calories.

RECIPE TO MAKE YUMMY BARLEY TEA

So if you want something special for yourself or your Family or guests, try sampling some Barley Tea.  It has a great flavor and is full of health benefits.

Try out and let me know whether you liked it or not. Keep having a TEAlicious time. :)

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