Chai-is thee name used for the morning and daily warm drink in India. Many years ago some smart Enterpruener took the name and made this drink famous. Here is your chance to make it at home without running to a Coffee house.
Almost every home-household in India makes fresh Chai daily more then once. This is a wake up drink for grown ups and for many even after an afternoon nap or Siesta. Indian home will offer Chai as a part of the Hospitality. This recipe uses Chai spice. and Mint(optional). You can add them if you like-spice is also optional. The coffee houses that sell Chai Latte seem to have Star Anise added to it.The use of Tea seems less so, it is more milky.
Method of making tea is different from Country to Country. Japan has a BIG Tea Ceremony for a new Bride. Most Countries serve tea without milk and mainly it is served hot. In recent years Iced tea has become very popular. Iced Chai recipe will be posted as well soon but this recipe is for hot Chai.
While in Malaysia, it was very interesting to see Chai being mixed in a Stall. Chai is called Teh in Malaysia and the mixing method is very prescise. The Teh maker uses two cups and pours the mixture from one to another stretching the liquid to about a yard-this is called “Satu Ye la Teh” One yard of Tea.
Chai recipe calls for special spices, Tea and milk. British tea also is accompnied with milk but not mixed before serving. English Tea is served in tea cups and milk on the side to add.
. Chai is not served to minors due to the Caffine content. Chai generally is not served at night for the same reason.
This recipe makes about 4 mugs of Chai.The spice used here in this recipe is bought from an Indian store.
Put water in the pot and bring it to boil at med-high temp.
add mamri tea, Chai spice, sugar and mint
The water will change to auburn color, let is boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add milk of your choice-whole or low fat. Let the mixture come to boil. The mixture will change color, when the mixturecomes to boil, turn the heat down to low-very low. Let is boil for 2 to 3 more minutes.
Turn the heat off and cover for another 2 to 3 minutes- be patient- it will give proper flavor and color if covered. Now add fresh Ginger . stir lightly cover another minute.
Pour in to mugs and serve with your favorite Snack or crackers / Cookies etc.
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