Lemongrass, called serai in Malaysia, is an important ingredient in many Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai and other South East Asian cuisines. This beautiful herb is very easy to grow in tropical countries. It carries a very aromatic, lemony scent with a little hint of ginger that gives a dish a very fine, lovely fragrance that lingers on in your mind even many hours after a meal.
There are various health benefits of lemongrass. It cleanses and detoxifies the various digestive organs. It lowers uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion and blood circulation.
I have just bought a big packet of lemon grass the other day to make more Thai dishes. My family really loves the Thai Pumpkin, Prawn and Coconut Soup and also the Thai Chicken Coconut Soup. They are really delicious. The lemon grass reminded me of a lemon grass cordial that a friend served me. She liked it very much but I wasn’t very keen on it. I would prefer to make a simple tea out of it. Here’s my simple lemongrass drink recipe to share. It tastes really good and refreshing. In fact the whole house smells so refreshing when you are boiling this drink.
5 stalks lemon grass
3 screw pine (pandan) leaves
80g rock sugar (adjust to taste)
Use the lower portion, the white part, of lemon grass, maybe about 6 inches. Wash it and pound it lightly.
Wash the pandan leaves and tie them into a knot.
Put everything in a pot and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add in the rock sugar and continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the fire. Serve it warm or cold. It tastes really good. You can get rock sugar from Asian shops. Use the normal sugar if you can’t find it.
Do you like lemongrass in your cooking? Have you ever tried this lemongrass drink? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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