Chai is a
beverage; no chai is an emotion. A brewed mix of tea leaves, sugar, milk, and water is beyond any food and drink in India. People start off their day with a cuppa tea, pull off through the day with chai and someone like me who sits down to work after 10 p.m., chai is the necessity of that hour too. It is a meal. The “shaam ki chai” is that much important for the Indians as is breakfast for the rest of the world, maybe I am getting emotional, but the bottom line is that Indian love chai! I can go on and on and write about it, but it’s time to go back to work.
Chai is basically a mix of milk, water, tea leaves, and sweetener and spices optionally. Every person has his own tea taste. The quantity of the ingredients for chai recipe varies from kitchen to kitchen and from person to person in the same kitchen too. This recipe gives a universal taste of tea, which might not be absolutely awesome for everyone but won’t be totally ridiculous for anyone. Moderately milked and sweetened, chai has not been flavored with any spices, because I wanted that only chai flavor should be there, also because few might not like cardamom and some might just hate ginger in their tea. So let’s make chai a pleasure for all and disappointment for none.
I am a chai addict. I have strong will power and therefore I end up with just 4 cups a day. No more! And I love experimenting with it. Well, not many experiments with their favourites but chai for me is beyond favourite… it can never be bad. I am always happy with it. However, presently on the blog are few aromas which have a universal acceptance. Ginger tea, cardamom tea, masala tea, tea using condensed milk (yes the last is one of my experiments, successful experiment).
I love some salted snacks with my chai. Whole wheat mathri being my favorite. You can view the recipe here.
1.This recipe make 2 cups of chai.
2.Add 2 cups of water in a sauce pan. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
3.Add in 3 tsp sugar and 2 tsp tea leaves.
4.Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
5.Next goes in 1 cup of milk.
6.Now let the chai come to a boil. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
7.If you are not happy with the color of your chai (that’s very important) add in approximately ½ tsp of tea leaves.
8.Simmer for 2 more minutes.
10.Serve hot. Bon appétit!
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