GINGER’S JAM POSTING 13: Seven-Color Tea

A very special recipe from the northeast Bangladeshi region of Sylhet by Romesh Ram Gour.  He discovered if he poured teas made using different spices, tea leaves, and milk one on top of one another, the varying densities created distinct layers.  The resulting seven-color tea, or satta rong cha in Bengali, quickly became a hit.  The multicolored brew alternates from bright green to dusky brown and milky red, like striated desert sandstone.  While the seven layer version is classic, it is rumored that Gour has managed up to 10 distinct colors in one glass.

The recipe is a secret and the tea is sold only from two roadside stalls.  Gour doesn’t take credit cards.