There are few things less comforting than a steaming, hot, cuppa Chai on a cold, winter morning. Since the dawn of time, it has been the Indian parents answer to all life troubles. Feeling sick? Need a caffeine fix? Hangry? Have some Chai.
Most people don’t expect a sugary, milky, yet slightly bitter concoction when they try Chai for the first time. But, the blend of sweet and spice makes you feel like curling up in front of the fire with reading socks and a good book.
It also takes longer to make than regular tea. The amount of time is mostly based on instinct. You get a tingly feeling when it’s time to put in the next ingredients. There are countless times I’ve looked away for a bit and the pot has overflowed. But, I’m not the conscientious cook, anyway. If you want to experience your own cup of Chai, this is how I make it. Try it and make it your own.
2-21/2 tbsp loose leaf black tea (I use Red Label)
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp grated ginger
A pinch of black pepper
- Add one cup of water to a pot and bring to boil.
- Add 2 tbsp tea to the boiling water.
- Once the water turns, deep brown and you can smell the flavour, add the grated ginger and black pepper. Split open the cardamoms and add those too.
- Let the tea and spices steep for a couple of minutes till the flavours blend together.
- Reduce the heat. Add the milk and let it steep for a minute till it starts to bubble.
- Add the sugar.
- Remove the pot just before it starts to overflow.
- Serve with cookies or sandwiches.