Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chai Tea

It’s my new obsession: Chai Tea/ Chai Tea Lattes

A sweet, spicy and milky warm drink…

In its most basic form, chai is black tea that is brewed strong with a combination of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger) and is diluted with milk and sugar.
Here is a simple recipe to make chai tea at home. This is what you will need:
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 inch stick of cinnamon
8 whole cloves
1/4 inch fresh ginger root (sliced thin)
2/3 cup of milk
6 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons of Darjeeling Tea leaves
Place water, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.
Cover and lower heat to low setting and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add milk and sugar and again bring to simmer.
Next, add the tea leaves, remove from heat and cover.
Let steep for 3 minutes and strain.

* For a real chai tea latte however, make the tea and then add the milk from a coffee machine milk steamer, for a frothy texture.

* Usually served hot but can also be served over ice

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