Versatile Matcha Sauces

Matcha

Matcha Tea

Matcha is best known as a beverage, made by mixing this finely ground green tea powder with hot water and whisking it into a frothy drink. But matcha can also be used to create an array of sauces that pair with a variety of foods, both sweet and savory. This is good news, because matcha is loaded with health benefits and you’ll get the same beneficial properties adding it to meals as you get from drinking it.

Here are two sauces to work into your savory recipes that incorporate matcha. Feel free to experiment with this flavorful powder, adding it to your favorite foods for a healthy boost that is practically unmatched in any other food.

Matcha French Sauce (Serves 2)

This twist on a classic French sauce pairs well with poultry and vegetables.

1 ½ tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons matcha
Salt, to taste

Melt butter in pan on low heat. Remove pan from heat, and stir in matcha. Add salt.

Matcha Yogurt Sauce (Serves 4-6)

This is a delicious sauce served with meat, fish and vegetables. You can also scoop it onto soups.

2 teaspoons matcha
Zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons lime juice
6 tablespoons Greek plain yogurt
2 teaspoons chives, chopped

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth.

 

The Art of Making Matcha

The Way of Tea, a traditional and ancient Japanese tea ceremony still performed today, involves the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha, a finely ground green tea powder that is also known as Green Jade.

While there are many ways of preparing this beverage, the traditional Japanese preparation involves two ways of making matcha– thin, or usucha, and thick, or koicha. In each case, the steps are the same, but the measurements change.

To properly make matcha, you will need the following utensils:

Chawan (matcha bowl)
Chasen (bamboo whisk)
Chakin (linen cloth)
Chashaku (bamboo scoop)
Furui (small sifter)

For Usucha

Preheat the chawan by pouring hot (not boiling) water into it and place the chasen in the water to wet the whisk. Once the bowl is preheated, empty out the water and use the chakin to dry the bowl. Place two scoops (about one teaspoon) of the matcha in the furui to remove any lumps, and sift into the bowl. You can use either a wooden spoon spatula to push the powder through the sieve or place a small, smooth stone on top of the sieve and shake the sieve gently.

Add hot (not boiling) water and, using the chasen, whisk the mixture briskly using your wrist for several minutes, which introduces air into the liquid and produces foam. When the matcha is frothy and has no lumps or large bubbles on the surface, it is ready to serve. Traditionally, it is considered impolite to serve matcha with large bubbles on the surface.

For Koicha

Follow the same steps as above, but use three to four scoops (about three to four teaspoons) of matcha. Since this is a thick tea, you don’t want a frothy consistency so instead of whisking briskly, use a slower kneading action from left to right and up and down.

 

 

Matcha Tea, a Potent Source of Health

Matcha

Matcha Tea

Matcha or Matcha tea, a finely ground and powdered green tea, is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Just one cup contains the same nutritional value as 10 cups of brewed green tea. That’s because matcha contains the whole, nutrient-loaded tea leaf, not just brewed water. It also contains a higher amount of antioxidants than pomegranates and blueberries.

Matcha is rich in nutrients, fiber, vitamins and amino acids that provide a variety of potent health benefits.

Matcha green tea fights cancer, reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, battles bacteria and infection, boosts your metabolism, burns calories and fat, detoxifies and induces a state of calmness and relaxation.

Matcha also can improve alertness, concentration, mood and sense of well-being.

Matcha tea contains 137 times the amount of super antioxidants that help with weight loss, known as EGCGs, than are found in regular green tea.

Matcha provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. Pure Matcha contains no sugar, making it an ideal beverage for diabetics and people who want to lower their sugar consumption. The L-theanine found in matcha is a mood enhancer that can reduce mental stress and relax the mind. Buddhist monks drink matcha because its amino acids, combined with caffeine, provide a long-term sense of calm and aids in meditation.

Matcha contains the tannin compound, which slows down the rate that the body absorbs caffeine in the blood. So caffeine is released over six to eight hours, instead of the instant shot you get from the caffeine in coffee.

Matcha has a unique taste, thanks to the chlorophyll and amino acids—initially vegetal and astringent, compared by some to spinach or grass. It also contains a strong sweetness flavor that lingers on the tongue.

Because matcha comes as a powder, it’s very versatile.

You can drink it hot or cold, and add it to a variety of recipes. People often add it to their smoothies, milk, lattes, ice cream, baked goods and sauces because it adds the flavor and color of green tea as well as the health benefits.

While other green teas are grown around the world, matcha comes from Japan, where it is the heart of the Japanese Way of Tea. It has been used in this traditional Japanese tea ceremony for centuries, after China introduced it to Japan in the 12th century.

Matcha has a unique preparation process. Several weeks prior to harvest, farmers cover their tea bushes with bamboo mats or tarps to block any direct sunlight. This inhibits growth, causes the leaves to turn a dark shade of green and produces amino acids. Following the harvest, the leaves are steamed then air dried so they can crumble and turn into tencha, which is then de-stemmed, de-veined and stone ground into a bright green, talc-like powder known as matcha.

We offer several blends of matcha, including Sweet Matcha, made with pulverized cane sugar for those seeking an extra kick. Our Ginger Matcha contains pulverized cane sugar and ginger, so you get a triple dose of wired! Chai Matcha is made from a matcha base with a variety of chai spices. We also offer unsweetened Matcha, perfect for use in recipes or for creating your own blends.

And don’t forget our amazing Matcha Latte.