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Black Tea with Lemon Juice

The British introduced tea to India as late as the nineteenth century for use as a commercial commodity, but now India is the 2nd largest producer of tea in the world. Somehow, milk and sugar got added to it to make it a sweet drink to induce a kick in the mornings. All three ingredients: tea, sugar and milk are considered to be unhealthy as all are acidic in nature and should be avoided. Before Indian tea became popular, most households made healthier drinks called kadha or kasai and each home had their own recipe and combinations of spices. Some of these are still served in stalls outside temples in southern India.

This tea is a good replacement for the morning cup of tea made with dairy milk that most Indians are used to. It’s less acidic because of the lime juice, too. Once you have this for a few days, you won’t want to go back to your old habit of tea with milk. And a better replacement would be kasai or even better would be a green smoothie or some delicious ripe sweet fruit. I believe that eating fruits helps in achieving our optimum health. Please learn more from Gaurav Goyal and his group Eat Fruits and Heal. This information is shared in Hindi. Here’s a simple explanation that Gaurav Goyal shares.


  • ¼ tsp tea leaves
  • 1-2 tsp sugar/1 tbsp jaggery (palm sugar)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup (200 ml) water


  • Add the sugar or jaggery to the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the tea leaves and turn off the heat immediately.
  • Cover the pot and let the tea brew for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir and strain into a cup or mug, add the lime juice, give it a stir, and serve hot.

This is not a Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) beverage because of the use of sugar or jaggery and tea itself is a processed ingredient.

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