Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time for Some Chai

October is my favorite time of the year, the weather is finally cooling off, College Football, Halloween is around the corner and of course, my birthday!
It’s time to break out the recipe for my favorite Chai tea.  Chai, pronounced with a long "i" as in the word tie, is the actual word for tea in many countries.  Chai tea is a rich and complex beverage that has been savored for centuries in many parts of the world, especially India. The spices vary from recipe to recipe, but usually consist of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger. Chai tea is traditionally consumed hot and sweet. The sweetness is needed to bring out the full flavors of the spices.   Here is a simple recipe to make chai yourself at home. This is what you will need:
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardamom pods
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. Enjoy!

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