What is Bael Fruit?
The bael tree is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The fruits take no less than 11 months to ripen and have a very hard shell.
Finding Bael Fruit outside of Thailand can be difficult, but since you need dried fruit to make Thai Bael Fruit Tea, you will have a good chance when you go down to an Asian supermarket.
Since Covid still has us hanging out in Thailand at the moment of writing this recipe, we had no trouble whatsoever finding the dried version of this local food. And we also still had the perfect view to take the tropical pictures that make the Bael Fruit Tea look at its very best.
What is Bael Fruit Tea?
Because the flavors come from heating water, it is called tea. Technically it isn’t, because there are no tea leaves or whatsoever to be found in the Bael Fruit Tea Recipe.
But if we stick with the term ‘tea’, it is good to mention that it can be served both as hot and ice tea.
Hot Bael Fruit Tea will do great in autumn and winter, providing you with more of a Gluhwein type of feeling (minus alcohol ofcourse, although … let us not stop you from being creative :))
In warm weather we suggest to stick with the iced version.
For about 6 glasses
- 6 slices of dried bael
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 12 glasses of water
How to make Bael Fruit Tea
- Roast 6 slices of dried bael fruit. You can do so by putting them in an oven at 70 degrees for about 2 minutes. The crust should get a bit black for optimal flavor. (No oven at hand? Roast the slices in a saucepan or wok for some 3 minutes on medium heat while occasionally flipping them over)
- After that, in the same pan or a cooking pan, pour 12 glasses of water and add the bael fruit slices. Let simmer for 20 minutes. (The amount of water should be double the amount of tea you need as half the water vaporizes while simmering.
If the water level gets too low, just add some extra.)
- After simmering, add a tablespoon of brown sugar and let dissolve.
Let the tea cool down in the fridge and serve over ice. Dilute with extra water if the flavor is too heavy for your liking. The tea can be stored for a day or two.
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Recipe: Bael Fruit Tea
Prep: 0 min.
Cook: 25 min.
Total: 25 min.
Ingredients: dried bael fruit, brown sugar
Type of meal: drink