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Chai Recipes November 14, 2008

Filed under: Drinks — obsidian @ 8:43 am

There are many different ways to make Chai. Chai is a spiced tea, normally very milky.


Chai Recipe #1 (Must make several cups)
1 Tbsp fennel or anise seed
6 green cardamom pods
12 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/4″ ginger root, sliced thin
1/4 tsp black pepper corns
2 bay leaves
7 Cups water

Boil ingredients for 5 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Then add 2tb tea leaves, 6tb honey or brown sugar, and 1 cup milk.


Chai Recipe #2 (Makes 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups water
1 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardamon pods
8 whole cloves
2/3 cup milk
6 tsp sugar (or to taste)
3 tsp black tea

In a saucepan, bring the water and spices to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins. Add milk and sugar, and return to simmer. Add the tea, cover the pot and turn off the heat, allowing it to sit for 2 mins. Strain into 2 cups to serve.


Chai Recipe #3 (No measurements given)
1/3 part water
2/3 part milk
1 tsp of tea leaves for each cup
freshly chopped ginger
cardamom pods
Sugar to taste

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Swirl the pot around to increase the flavour. Once the desired strength has been reached, serve.


Chai Mix Recipe
4cm cinnamon stick
4 cardamon pods
2-3 black peppercorns
slice of fresh ginger/1/2 tsp powder

Grind ingredients together to make the spice mix. Use 1/4 tsp of the spice mix per cup of tea. Add to 1 cup water in a saucepan, and simmer for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup of milk and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve. You can change the water/milk ratio if you prefer it more milky.


Cheater’s Chai
There are prepackaged Chai teabags and tea blends around now. You can simmer these teabags in milk to make a more traditional Chai, but you can also make an instant Chai by adding 1-2 teaspoons of milk powder to the cup, add the teabag and boiling water, and either waiting for that to cool (giving more time for the favour to come out), or adding a little cold milk and drinking straight away.


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