Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rich cardamom chai tea ~ Elaichi Chai

Wish all my readers a very happy and joyous new year. Hope you all had a good start to the year. Sorry I haven't been very active in this space for the last few months. Every time I make something new that I love, I keep thinking I should blog about it, but finding the time to take pictures can get difficult and I end up putting off the post for a little more time. One of my new year resolutions is to post more often in this space *** keeping my fingers crossed ***

Moving on, in keeping with the tradition of this space, I am kicking things off this year with this rich cardamom chai tea.  This tea has a rich, fragrant, slightly sweet flavor and taste. It makes for a nice finish to an Indian themed lunch when entertaining guests or when you want to indulge a little.

Ingredients and Method to make cardamom flavored Chai tea.
1 and 1/2 cups whole milk (doodh)
1/2 cup water (see notes ) 
2 tsp sugar (shakkar) (see notes) 
2 slightly heaped tsp of good quality loose tea leaves ( chai patta )
5 cardamoms ( Elaichi ) 

Place milk and water in a medium sized pan and place on medium heat. Add sugar and coarsely crushed cardamom seeds and stir a few times. 

When the milk is close to a boil, lower heat and add tea leaves and stir a few times. Allow this mixture to simmer for a scant 20 to 30 seconds and remove from heat. Do not boil the tea for too long as it will leave a bitter taste. Strain and pour in serving mugs.  Serve hot.

This quantity serves approx 2 

When using whole milk, add water to dilute the milk slightly, if you are using skim milk like 2 % just use 2 cups of milk in the above recipe.

This tea tastes a little sweet so when adding sugar make sure not to add too much if you do not want to end up with a cloyingly sweet beverage.

 If you are looking for more chai or other hot beverages, here are a few more

Masala chai ~ Spicy chai tea latte

Fennel flavored chai tea ~ Chai with saunf

Lemongrass chai tea

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