I have become addicted. Maybe it’s the spices that has caused my dependency, could be the wonderful smell as well. Or the procedure of making it. Or the mental relaxation it gives me when I have my peaceful moment drinking it every afternoon.
It all started when I found the recipe of Chai at Dessert comes first and I just found myself standing in the kitchen preparing my first cup of her version. I have had various versions of Chai tea but I always felt as if something was lacking but when I read the post and the recipe I just knew that this was the version! I love the sweet, strong and hot flavours that mingle in the cup and I am looking forward to my cup the whole day; I feel a bit forlorn when I have drunk it up and am left all alone in a world that suddenly seems a bit more hostile but then I immediately think of the day to come and I light up, there’s hope!
My version follows Dessert comes first‘s quite closely but I have slightly different amounts of water and milk. But there are of course other versions of it, the other day I saw that Lara of Cookbook 411 have posted about it as well, I was already thinking about this post so I can only say that we are synchronized when it comes to Chai! Her version is different so check that out, you might like it better than mine, who knows…
1 big cup or 2 smaller
300 ml / 10 1/2 fl oz water
200 ml / 7 1/4 fl oz milk
2 1/2 tsp loose-leaf Indian tea
6 cardamom pods
6 black pepper corns
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 piece of fresh ginger of the size of a lump of sugar
1-1 1/2 tblsp brown sugar
– Crush the spices and the peeled ginger slightly so that the flavours have a chance of dissolving when simmering.
– Put them in a small pan together with the tea leaves, add the water and the milk and leave it to simmer for 30 minutes. I let it with the sugar in it but I think that you are supposed to add that just before drinking it.
– Strain the tea and the spices and enjoy it hot!