Delicious, hot chai. Nothing better. Since I can’t hang out at the Indian restaurant every day slurping down chugs of spicy, sweet sustenance, I figured I better learn how to make it myself. All recipes are meant to be improved on but this one is pretty darn good. Mix it with fresh goat’s milk or milk of choice and enjoy it warm. Add what you like, take out what you like, create, inspire, enjoy. Chai is perfect for early spring mornings.
Combine in a pot:
6 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons of cardamom seeds
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of honey
2 whole nutmeg
2 Tablespoons of coconut
1 bay leaf
1 vanilla bean
1 inch piece of ginger plus 8 pieces of candied ginger
1/2 Tablespoon of whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
3 teabags of black tea
8 cups of water
Simmer for one hour
Strain tea into a 2 quart jar. To serve, combine half chai with half warm milk or to taste.
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Let me tell you the actual recipe of the ‘chai’ which is a part of 800 million (not so rich) Indian families.
For 2 people
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons sugar (Or as much as you like)
1 teaspoon simple tea leaves
Put the water to boil. Wait till bubbles come out.
Add milk, Sugar & Tea-leaves.
Let the mixture boil until brown-reddish colour is deep.
Strain and serve in cups.
That is the actual recipe of ‘Real’ ‘Chai’
Thank you so much. I shall surely try this!
You can also add Honey & Ginger for taste.
I’m just sitting here with my cup of earl grey tea, slightly sweetened and a little milk, although sometimes it’s with a lemon wedge. The suns coming up over my friends house opposite,it’s later than usual due to our clocks springing forward to British Summer Time and all is well with my world. I haven’t tried chai tea, but I will now.
One of my favorites. This is what I grew up with. Black tea with a bit of sugar and cream. Delicious.
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