How to make Pandan Drinks with Pandan Powder?
Pandan leaves contain alkaloids, which are healthy organic substances that contain nitrogen and are often beneficial to the health of people and animals. For instance the alkaloids in quinine, which is derived from tree bark, has made it an effective drug against malaria.
Green tea, which some people claim to be even healthier than water, also contain beneficial alkaloids. The health benefits of pandan (leaves and roots) are the cumulative effect of flavonoids, alkaloids and lastly, glycosides, organic compounds with sugar or carbohydrate molecules. Recently, three new alkaloids were discovered in the pandan leaf extract and added to the five that have been already identified.
As folkloric remedy, drinking tea derived from pandan leaves prevents asthma attacks and stabilises blood pressure. It also stimulates perspiration which is an effective way to eliminate toxins and burn excess fat from our system. Pandan tea also lowers blood sugar and invigorates the functions of our heart and kidneys.
Pandan Bandung crafted by MasterChef Juro, Malaysia - Chef Jo
A superfood you can use to make this "Chilled Pandan Milk drink", commonly known as Air Bandung. Specially crafted by MasterChef Juro Malaysia, ChefJo - he said "This is a concoction of Pandanus Powder with milk topped over cubes of ice". Traditionally in (artificial) pink colour with rose syrup, a popular drink in Asia. This is with a modern twist as "Pandan Milk Tea".
Pandan Tea with lemongrass
The other health benefits of Pandan are:
• Treats leprosy, smallpox and wounds
• Helps reduce fever
• Solves several skin problems
• Relives headache and arthritis
• Treatment for ear pains
• Functions as a laxative for children
• Eases chest pains
• Helps in speeding up the recuperation of women who have just given birth and are still weak
• Pandan reduces stomach spasms and strengthens the gum
The other uses of Pandan as herbal treatment are:
• Decoction of the bark may be taken as tea, or mixed with water that is to be used in bathing, in order to remedy skin problems, cough, and urine-related concerns
• Apply pulverized roots of pandan to affected wound areas to facilitate healing
• The anthers of the male flowers are used for earaches, headaches and stomach spasms
• Extract oils and juices from the roots and flowers are used in preparing the decoction to relieve pains brought about by headache and arthritis
Besides its medicinal benefits, Pandan is popular and is used as an addition when cooking rice – to enhance its flavour, as well as give it a wonderful aroma. Chilled pandan tea are great as welcome refreshment.
LEMONGRASS PANDAN TEA
INGREDIENTS Makes about 3 cups 4 cups water 2 stalks lemongrass 1 teaspoon MY BLUE TEA Pandan Powder Sugar or other sweetener, to taste
(1) Cut lemongrass into small pieces and add to boiling water. Let simmer for 7 minutes or until the water is fragrant
(2) As its cooling - add 1-2 teaspoons of Pandan Powder; stir to dissolve (3) Strain the tea and add sweetener to taste.
(4) Serve hot or let cool completely and serve cold over ice.
(5) Garnish with mint leaves
Pandan Tea with ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon and star anise - Yum!
A Pandan Ayurverdic twist
JASMINE PANDAN TEA
Jasmine and pandanus is a classic fragrant infusion for Thai tea and desserts. This tea is very popular, but it is served mostly at large group functions such as funerals. In my village it is prepared in a large pot three feet in diameter by three feet tall, ready to serve tea for the whole village. It can be served with a snack, dinner or dessert. Serve plain without sugar. The tip is don’t make the tea too strong.
1 to 2 teaspoons loose Jasmine tea 1 teaspoon MY BLUE TEA - Pandan Powder 2 cups boiling water
Place Jasmine tea and Pandanus Powder in a teapot.
Pour boiling water over all and let it steep for 5 minutes.
Serve right away.
Enjoy hot or cold.
Blue Herbal Tea - our best seller with lemongrass, ginger and with Pandan, of course
Pandanus plants in our garden