Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

Purple Magic

Anything with a butterly pea flower is beautiful

consumption with benefits. In Thailand, you’ll

find it in vivid blue cocktails or as a deep purple

beverage. It’s also what gives an enticing lavender

shade to creative sticky rice that partners with

mangoes on a dessert menu.

Since the old days, the flower has been used

widely for strengthening hair and eyebrows, as

a natural colourant in food and desserts or as

an edible accompaniment with Nam Prik (a chilli

paste) meals.

Considered an herb or flower – butterfly

pea plants are attractive because of their vivid

signature colour. It is originally a tropical plant

but has been introduced to America, Australia,

and Africa. They are very easy to find and grow,

making the plant a common sight in one’s home

garden in the tropics. The flower is known to

come with abundant health benefits, with an

important aspect as that of a potent antioxidant.

There are many ways to enjoy the use of

butterfly pea flowers, and one of the simplest

things to do is turn the blue-and-purple

flowers into a refreshing drink for everyone.

Mild and light in taste, some people may add

a bit of lime juice in their butterfly pea drink

to make it even more unique and flavourful.

As a magical treat, watch how drops of lime

transform the natural blue colour into the

pinkish-purple blue of a beach sunset.

Ingredients

• 100g of butterfly pea flowers

• 2 cups of clean water

• 4 tbsp syrup or

• 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

Wash the butterfly pea flowers and boil them

in clean water. With the lid on the pot, leave it for

2 to 3 minutes to steep before taking the flowers

out from the pot.

Mix the butterfly pea flower tea with syrup or

honey, adjusting preferred sweetness. To preserve

all the nutrients, do drink it immediately.

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA

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