One of the frequently asked questions is, “Can I cook with green tea powder?” Green tea is actually versatile to use in cooking. Like herbs and spices, once you know what type of foods and how much to use, it is easy to incorporate Green Tea goodness into your everyday meals. Here are 8 techniques you can use to create healthy meals using Matcha or Sencha green tea powder.
Technique 1: Make a latte with milk of your choice
Latte is the most popular way to use Matcha and Sencha powder other than making straight tea. Always a good idea to make tea first with a small amount of water, and then blend it with milk. Try spices such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, chai spice, etc. Or, add a small amount of orange zest for tasty variety.
Technique 2: Process with other ingredients to make smoothies
1/2 to 1 tsp. is one serving of Matcha. 1/4 tsp. is one serving of Sencha powder. If you are using 16 oz of smoothies, you can add 2 servings of powder safely without overwhelming the flavor. It’s an easy way to make your morning smoothies even healthier by adding natural Catechin antioxidants.
Technique 3: Add to baking ingredients or dessert recipes
You can add Matcha or Sencha powder to your recipes of baked goods, such as cookies, pancakes, bread, etc. Matcha or Sencha powder can be added to the recipe of ice cream or “Nice Cream.”
If you would like to have a bright green color effect on the final product, use ceremonial grade Matcha rather than culinary grade Matcha or Sencha powder. Yes, this is not a typo–ceremonial grade Matcha offers a much brighter color and it makes a “visually stunning” product, whatever you are baking.
As for the amount, start with 2 tsp per batch. Matcha and Sencha powder flavor are subtle, so you may not “taste” the green tea flavor and it’s OK. If you keep adding the powder until you really “taste” it, it’s likely too much green tea and the taste will be obnoxious. It’s the right amount when the whole flavor is “deepened,” which is the effect of green tea’s Umami (oo-mah-me), savory flavor.
The above 3 techniques are the basics. If you would like to expand your culinary experiences with healthy green tea, try the following:
Technique 4: Make a tea solution and use it as soup stock
For example, you can cook all kinds of grains with tea solution. Green tea adds “Umami.”
Technique 5: Mix with other herbs to make your own “no-salt seasoning”
Here are two favorites of mine:
Technique 6: Use a PINCH of powder to deepen the flavor
Do you love Date Paste? Me too! Try a pinch of green tea powder in the paste–it deepens the sweetness. Another one we liked was “Golden Grape Paste.” Here’s my favorite recipe:
Technique 7: Use as a coating or garnish
Always you can use green tea powder for coating energy balls. Or, you can sift the powder using a fine sifter.
Technique 8: Use as a “buffer” of sourness
Green tea reduces sharp sourness. I make simple pickles of vegetable pieces, such as cucumber, celery, carrot, radish, etc. with vinegar and green tea.
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