Ronga Saah – The Delectable Tea Of Assam

Assam hosts some of the spectacular tea gardens in India, serving the delectable beverage to many. Ronga Saah is one of its delicacies, a preferred drink of the Assamese people. The drink has attained popularity among thousands of tourists visiting Assam. The specialty of the tea is the leaves and its mild taste devoid of any spices and milk.

The History behind Ronga Saah Tea

Ronga Saah is well known as the red tea among the locals. Red tea is said to originate from China. The Chinese were the first to consume red tea. Later the tea plants specially for preparing Ronga Saah was discovered in 1823. Robert Bruce was instrumental in discovering the tea plant when he had visited Assam during his trading business activities. He arranged to send the plant to the botanical garden where it was discovered to be of the replica of the tea plants grown in China. This paved the way to start the first tea estate in Assam in 1839, producing different varieties of tea plants including the Ronga Saah tea leaves.

The Preparation

The recipe for preparing Ronga Saah is very simple. The important aspect is to purchase the correct tea leaves for impart the reddish tinge colour and the soothing flavor. The first step is to boil water in a pan or a tea kettle for a sufficient duration. Add the tea leaves directly into the boiling water and switch off the heat. Allow the tea leaves to settle down for some time and then stain it properly into a cup. Add sugar for the sweetened taste as desired. You may serve without sugar too.

Nowadays many restaurants and households use the special tea bags from Assam for preparing Ronga Saah. After boiling the water sufficiently, you can dip the tea bags into it until it changes to the preferred reddish colour. You can serve the tea in cups with the tea bags dipped into it. Sugar is provided separately to add as per the desired taste.

The Essence of Ronga Saah

The word “Ronga Saah” is an Assamese word which means red tea or lal cha. The hot brewing red tea is quite famous among the Assamese households. It is preferred as a token of welcome in many hotels and homes for the guests. The tea is either served before or after meals, since it has the immense capacity to increase appetite and aid in digestion. It is a pleasant experience to consume a cup of hot red tea amid the natural beauty of Assam’s stunning landscape.

Ronga Saah is often consumed with honey for the additional uplift in its taste and aroma. Honey has its benefits and is recommended for consumption other than sugar. The best part of lal cha is its mild flavor. The tea leaves are specially grown for imparting the light taste, soothing for the taste buds. It creates a calm effect as it passes through our food pipe and spreads across the body. The body is warmed with its amazing power and revitalizing energy.

The Benefits of Ronga Saah

Ronga Saah is popular among many not only because of its taste and flavor, but its immense health benefits. It serves as an anti-oxidant, preventing cold, cough and flu. It boosts the immunity of the body increasing the energy levels substantially. Consumption of red tea or Ronga Saah can help to prevent the occurrence of heart related ailments and any kinds of respiratory disorders.

The tea helps in increasing the digestive capacity of the body preventing occurrence of acidity or any stomach related problems. The metabolism rate of the body is further enhanced which has a positive impact on the human health. Hence it is advisable to drink red tea after heavy meals to aid in digestion.

Its relaxing capacity allures people to consume it for a relief from stress and tension, after a long day of work. It refreshes the mind and boosts energy for a pleasurable day. You can sleep peacefully without any anxiety or worry thus leading a life of enjoyment and delight.

So now when you know about Ronga Saah, its stunning flavor and health benefits, do not forget to take a sip of the tea when you visit the state of Assam. You will be surely impressed by its astonishing effects and mildness. Your body will be refreshed and rejuvenated by its astounding qualities in a way alluring you to drink more of it. You can even carry the tea leaves or the tea bags as a remembrance to your hometown. One interesting activity you can experience in the Assam tea gardens is to engage in tea leaves plucking along with the local Assam women folk. It will enable you to feel the fragrance of the tea leaves and an additional experience to watch the processing of the tea leaves. You can even drink the delicious red tea of Ronga Saah in one the tea estates of Assam.

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