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A cup of chai

Chai means tea in Hindi. The so called Chai Tea Latte literally translates to “Tea Tea Milk”. Aside from the ridiculous name and borderline cultural appropriation, in my opinion, Chai Tea Lattes are not very good and in no way resemble even an average cup of home made Chai.  I think that Chai Tea Lattes taste like cinnamon non-fat milk with a little bit of clove flavoring. I don’t know about you but that does not sound refreshing or appetizing. Now, don’t get me wrong I enjoy going to coffee shops, both local ones and larger chains.  Its a special treat for me to get an iced coffee drink or a bakery item. When it comes to real chai however, I will stick to homemade. It is incredibly easy to make and once you make it at home, you wont be able to go back to “chai tea lattes”.

My husband makes a fantastic cup of chai and makes me a cup every single morning. It starts my day off right, I am instantly calmed and soothed by the warmth, sweetness, and subtle hints of cardamom.  The real beauty of chai is that the recipe is so versatile.  It seems like everyone has their own recipe and can be suited to all tastes, palates and dietary restrictions. Some people use very little milk, some use more ginger, some make it a bit more spicy. The recipe below is for basic chai. Once you try it, get creative, add more or less of certain ingredients, really make it your own.

However, you make it, Chai relaxes you and tastes even better when shared with friends, family and even strangers. I invite you to take some time out and make some today…..your soul will thank you for it…….

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A cup of chai
Black tea leaves with milk infused with the flavors of cardamom and ginger.
Course Beverages, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea Its important to use an Indian loose leaf black tea. I usually use the Red Label or Taj Mahal Brand. You can usually find a wide variety of teas at your local Indian store but even your basic grocery store will carry a form of Darjeeling tea that would work just as well.
  • 2 tbsp Sugar Sugar is generally to taste. I usually use 2 for 2 people but you can use more or less depending.
  • 2 pieces whole cardomon slightly crush the cardomom. You can also use cardomom powder. About 2 teaspoons would be enough.
  • 2 cups Plain Water
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk You can use 2% or Fat Free but if you do omit the water. Whole milk will give you a richer texture
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Chop finely or grate
Course Beverages, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea Its important to use an Indian loose leaf black tea. I usually use the Red Label or Taj Mahal Brand. You can usually find a wide variety of teas at your local Indian store but even your basic grocery store will carry a form of Darjeeling tea that would work just as well.
  • 2 tbsp Sugar Sugar is generally to taste. I usually use 2 for 2 people but you can use more or less depending.
  • 2 pieces whole cardomon slightly crush the cardomom. You can also use cardomom powder. About 2 teaspoons would be enough.
  • 2 cups Plain Water
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk You can use 2% or Fat Free but if you do omit the water. Whole milk will give you a richer texture
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Chop finely or grate
Instructions
  1. Put water in a sauce pot
  2. Add tea powder, sugar, ginger and cardamom
  3. Boil ingredients on medium heat
  4. Add milk after ingredients and water come to one full boil
  5. Boil on Low flame for 30 -40 minutes (alternatively you can boil on medium flame for about 15 minutes, the longer you boil the more rich and deep the flavor will be)
  6. Use a meshed strainer and strain into teacups


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