I had my first cup of ginger and coriander tea at a dansal in Kirulapone that Sajeeva, my Sinhalese tuk-tuk driver, took me to. It was delicious, and judging by the number of tuk-tuks, motorbikes, cars and buses that stopped for a cup, everyone else thought so too. The tea is believed to have many medicinal benefits and is used as a remedy for colds, sore throats and muscle pain.
50g (1¾oz heaped ½cup) coriander seeds, washed
40g (1½oz) piece ginger, roughly sliced
sugar or honey, to taste
Combine the coriander seeds and ginger in a saucepan with 1litre (35fl oz/4cups) water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Strain and add sugar to taste, stir well and serve.