Helba Tea is a popular drink that is drunk all over Egypt. The hot, warming tea is made from fenugreek seeds, crushed and mixed and brewed in hot water.
The fenugreek seeds contain many vitamins and minerals; such as folic acid, vitamin A, B and C, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iron. And helba tea is rich in flavonoids, essential oils and amino acids. There are many benefits from drinking Helba tea, it helps lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels, helps the symptoms of respiratory diseases (bronchitis, pneumonia), it is used for the prevention of diabetes and has a beneficial effect on the kidneys.
The tea has a deep nutty flavor, but can have a bitter, maple-like taste. The herb, Fennel is added sometimes to add a sweet flavour to the tea. However, you can add honey to sweeten the tea and lemon juice as well.
Not only is it a tasty drink, it can also do you the world of good health wise!
How to brew helba (recipe for one glass of tea)
Get a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and wash them in a sieve under cold water. Rub the grains into a kanaka pot or a small pot and pour over a glass of cold water. Boil water until bubbling. Then simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the seeds on the strength of the drink that you want. The tea can be sweetened with sugar, honey or molasses depending on your liking.