Matcha powder is a type of green tea powder produced in Japan. Matcha preparation involves covering the tea bushes several weeks before the harvesting period to avoid exposure to sunlight. As a result of the lack of sunlight, tea leaves turn dark green and start producing large quantities of the amino acid theanine.
Theanine is responsible for many of the beneficial effects of matcha green tea powder. Matcha powder is used in Japan to prepare high-quality green tea that is consumed in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, but this nutrient-rich powder, along with other types of green tea powder, can also be used for cooking and baking. This article aims to provide creative ideas on what to do with matcha powder (and green tea powder in general) and tips on how to use matcha successfully in the kitchen.
Prepare Matcha Green Tea Milk
Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious matcha green tea latte that you can enjoy as a refreshing treat during the hot summer months or as a warming treat during the winter months when temperatures drop below freezing. To make one large cup of matcha milk, place 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder in a small bowl, then add a few tablespoons of hot water and up to 2 teaspoons of honey or agave nectar, depending on your taste.
Stir with a small whisk until smooth. Add more warm water, about 1/3 cup. Set the bowl aside for a moment and fill a large cup with 1 cup of heated milk or soy milk. Add the water and matcha mixture to the heated milk. If you are making an iced matcha green tea latte, add ice cubes to the mixture. For hot matcha latte, top off your drink with some milk froth with matcha powder.
Go for a bowl of porridge with Matcha powder
Oatmeal with Matcha might not be the most famous recipe using matcha powder, but it’s certainly one of the most creative ways to use matcha. Of course, you can also use matcha to add a healthy touch to other types of porridge such as with cornmeal (polenta) or millet porridge. To add an aesthetic touch to your matcha porridge, use sliced bananas or strawberries as a garnish.
Add matcha powder to light-colored soups and purees
You can also add matcha powder to soups and purees. Light-colored soups and purees – such as those made with parsnips, turnips or sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) – will have a beautiful green hue if you add a little matcha powder to the dish during the cooking process
Make your own Cha Soba Noodles
In Japan, green tea powder is commonly added to buckwheat noodles (soba noodles) to make what the Japanese call cha soba noodles. Cha noba noodles are available in many Asian markets and specialty stores in Western countries, but you can also make your own green tea noodles or pasta. Just substitute some flour for the noodles or paste with matcha or other green tea powder. The ratio of 1 heaping teaspoon of matcha powder for every 100 grams of flour usually works well.
Turn matcha tea into elegant ice cubes
A great way to use extra matcha tea is to turn it into ice cubes. Simply fill an ice cube tray halfway with the iced tea and place the tray in the freezer. Once the tea is frozen, remove the tray from the freezer and gently rotate it to get the matcha ice cubes out. You can use the matcha green tea ice cubes to make cocktails, lemonade and sparkling water.
Use matcha powder in your favorite smoothie
Macha powder is a great addition to smoothies, and a healthy smoothie is one of the best ways to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. To make an enriched matcha smoothie, put 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a cup, then add some hot water. Whisk the mixture with a bamboo whisk in a zigzag motion until it forms a smooth paste. Add the paste to your favorite smoothie and blend well.
Make a cup of traditional Matcha tea
Last but not least, you can use matcha green tea powder to make a traditional green tea drink used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Here’s how: first, put a little less than 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a pre-warmed bowl. Then, add about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of 175°F (80°C) hot water. Quickly whisk the mixture in a back and forth motion using a chasen, a traditional bamboo matcha whisk. Once a foam forms on the surface, stop whisking; your matcha tea is ready to drink. Note: metal whips and other kitchen utensils may not be able to create enough foam.