Monday, March 15, 2010

Chai (Indian Tea)

March 15th 2010

Chai is something I began drinking lots more of after my years at Pilani. I still prefer coffee in the mornings, but on weekend afternoons, I love sipping this and reading a book (not been happening lately). I hate to make this for just one person, so my recipe is also for a couple.  Recently the best tea I have had is at the Cedars restaurant in Seattle. Don't miss it for anything in the world.

Difficulty level : Easy

Time: 15 min 

  • milk (2 medium size glasses) { Use can use full 2% milk for thick and creamy tea, if you want slightly stronger tea..use 3/4 th milk and 1/4 th water)
  • tea powder ( 3 tsps) - really depends on how strong you like your chai
  • cardamom (1 )
  • clove (2)
  • ginger ( 1 inch long)
  • sugar ( per taste)
Method de Preparation
  1. In a saucepan add the water first and add the spices and tea powder and allow to heat for a little while.
  2. Add the milk soon after and allow everything to heat well.
  3. When milk is boiling, grate the ginger in and turn off gas.
  4. Pour in 2 glasses using a strainer to drain out all the spices and tea powder.
  5. Add sugar per taste and sip sip sip. If you can, say 'Wah Taj!' while at it :)
Chef's Tip:  Some people prefer their tea without the ginger. Another option is to use a store bought tea masala if you don't want to use the fresh spices.


Anu Karthik said...

I have recently begun using cinnamon in it and love the flavor that provides.

Anju Sujith said...

hey there.. loved ur blog dear... n yes chai too :)

Anu Karthik said...

@ anju: thanks for the sweet note. you got a great one yourself too!

Anitha said...

i like all your close up shots!

Chitra said...

i tried this recipe and its the best chai i have ever made. Thanks for the recipe ..

Anu Karthik said...

@ Anitha: arey have left me a comment too :P
@ Chitra: Thank you very much for the kind words and the feedback!

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