Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It is a flowering plant, with five or more petals, ranging from red, white, pink, red, purple, yellow, etc and from 4-15 cm broad. It has good medicinal properties and used mainly in Ayurvedic medicine.
Its leaves and flowers can be grinded to a paste and used as a natural shampoo. People in southern India believes that hair will grow long, reduces drandruff as well as gives good glow to the hair.
Flowers are also used as an ingredient in herbal tea and drinks. They are used internally in the treatment of excessive and painful menstruation, fever, cough, vulnerable diseases and illness, skin disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hypersentive conditions, etc.
So lets have hibiscus drink once in a month atleast......
Hibiscus flowers - 2-3 (preferably red)
Milk - 1 glass
Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar to taste
Wash hibiscus flowers well and remove the petals seperately.
Heat a pan and boil milk and petals. Let it boil nicely until milk gets a pale lavender colour.
Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix until sugar dissolves.
Filter it and drink hot or cold.
Cooking time : 10-15 minutes
Serves 1 person
I am sending this entry to "JFI(Jihva for Ingredients): Flower Power" hosted by Rachna, which was initiated by Indira of Mahanandi.