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 :


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

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.


(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 – The sweet Red Beans Paste

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


The simple TAIYAKI Mold

Electrical Taiyaki Mold

The Electrical Taiyaki Mold


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



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.


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.


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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Indian Mango Bubble Tea

Jivraj Tea Ltd. is a tea manufacturing Company based in India. Thus, i thought that my blog can be a great way to convey all the lovely people out there, some unique traditions of my country.

The present season that India is experiencing is Summers. The hot and dry weather is capable of melting you and your energy. Yet there is something about this unique weather that makes us look forward to it. Well, it’s MANGOES.

Irresistable Mango cubes.

Irresistable Juicy Mango Cubes !!!

India is a TEA crazy as well as MANGO crazy nation. You will find all kinds of mouth watering  Recipes where Mango shall be an essential ingredient in the palate. These Indian platters are truly a feast to your Taste Buds. I have brought for you one such Recipe.

A yummy Mango Bubble Tea Recipe:

Flavors of Bubble Tea

yummy Mango Bubble Tea

Ingredients :

  • 1 Ripe Mango, chopped
  • 1 cup low-fat Milk
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Tapioca Pearls (Sabudana)
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • Honey, for taste

Procedure :

Firstly, cook the Tapioca Pearls accordingly. Also, you are able to boil 3 cups of water, add the pearls in, stir it, then cook for about 30 minutes. Place a lid over the pot while the Tapioca Pearls are boiling. Once they turn plump and soft, leave it in the pot 30 minutes. Later, scoop all the pearls out and place them in a clean bowl. Pour couple of tablespoons of water from the pot itself. Now add 1 tablespoon of sugar and honey. Mix everything completely. To prepare the Tea, take one cup boiling water and steep the JIVRAJ 9 Tea Bag for 10 minutes. Place the prepared tea in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill. The Sugar and Honey will keep the Tapioca Pearls soft till you have to use them. In a blender, add in mango chunks, low-fat milk, water (depending on how diluted you want the tea to be), and sugar. Blend the liquids till it turns into a smooth consistency. Mix the mango blend with the tea and the Tapioca Pearls. Your Mango Bubble Tea is ready to play around in your mouth :)

Hope you enjoyed reading our Blog. Keep drinking TEA.

Shall see you soon. Till then have a Tea-licious time.

Jivraj 9 Tea, Sangharsh Ka Saathi !

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Our TEA is Brewing on FACEBOOK – LIKE US

Hey TeaLovers,

You will find our Tea Pot on Facebook as well. LIKE US and know more about this magical Beverage – TEA.

Our Facebook Page will open doors to the TEA WORLD. You will find Cool Products for Tea Drinkers, Yummy Recipes, Interesting Tea Articles and much much more.



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Keep Drinking TEA !!!

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Are these TEA KETTLES ?

Hey Tea Lovers,
i was surfing the web and i just came across some really weird though beautiful Tea Kettles. I am not sure whether they are actually used as a Tea Kettle supposed to be used or they are mere showpieces or Tea collectibles. Have a look at them and please clear my confusion if you can.

Cute Radio Kettle

Radio or a TEA Kettle ?

An Oven Kettle

Cute Oven Kettle

TEA in the SEA Kettle

TEA in the SEA Kettle

The Elephant Teapot

The Indian Elephant

Square Tea Pots

Square Tea Pots

Books and a Cup of Tea

Tea Pot for Bookworms :)

Three TeaPots

I want moreeee Tea :)

Tea Machine or Tea Pot ?

Creative Tea Pot

Thank you :)
Continue having a TEAlicious time.

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The Tea Serving Art by the TEA DOCTORS !!!


Lets have a  TEA-licious time. :) Last week, i came across a Beautiful and Unique way of serving Tea. It is an Art, a Tradition, an Entertainment source originated in CHINA. In China, the root of Tea houses, can actually trace back to some 1000 years or so. Drinking tea has been popular in every part of China, while the city of Chengdu is the only city that possesses with such loyalty to tea houses.

In Chengdu, tea houses are spotted everywhere built according to local surroundings. Some of the tea houses are well decorated with crockery, paintings and miniature garden. While more of them are simply made of bamboo, and filled with bamboo tables and bamboo chairs. Bamboo chairs, wooden tables, bamboo houses, porcelain tea sets, brass teapot and “Tea Doctors” are authentic features of tea houses.


The TEA DOCTORS at their Entertainment Best !!!

The uniqueness and exclusivity of this serving Tea Tradition come comes from the teapot that they use for serving TEA which is made of Brass and has a spout with approximately 3 feet long. The people in the tea houses who can skillfully use this teapot are named “Tea Doctors”. Due to the long spout, Tea Doctors can pour the tea from a long distance into a small teacup without spilling a drop. The Tea Doctors claim that no foreigner can ever learn and implement this Art, the way they do. They are the ones who have the flare, the elegance, the grace and the TEA that runs through their veins. The concentration with which they perform is commendable. I am sure you will agree once you watch the videos.

The Tea Art

The Tea Serving Art - Beautiful.

Here are some videos, where you can watch the Tea Doctors in Action. I assure you, you will enjoy every bit of it.


It is an Art that is worth appreciating a thousand times. Lets adore this art of serving tea, being the true Tea Lovers. Enjoy :))

Tea has no Boundaries !!!

See you soon with yet some different Tradition of our loved magical Beverage – TEA :)


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Why do you Drink TEA ???

Tea….What are your reasons for having TEA ? I have come across many people who have Tea because they are addicted to it. Their reason of justification is TEA rejuvenates them and they are able to perform better in their respective fields. For some people TEA drinking is more of a ritual which has to be performed  every morning and evening. According to me the best thing about TEA is one can have Tea on any occasion. Be it Happiness, Sorrow, Spending time with a Stranger, Reading a Book etc. Tea is a companion you can trust on at any point of life. We are proud to be the manufacturers of such a special product. You can ‘ Share your Reasons ‘ for having TEA on our website WWW.J9TEA.COM. Share your reasons with us, no matter how funny, how serious or how cliche they are. Let try to grow our community TEA LOVERS.

Chai peete rehna..C you Soon ;)

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