Indian Chai: Because coffee is not my cup of tea.

17 Jan

I’ve never been a coffee drinker.  But everyone knows I can make an awesome cup of chai tea. I am addicted to chai and have at least one cup every morning, whether it’s 40 degrees or 100. When I lived in San Francisco, I’d often go to Philz Coffee because in my opinion, their chai is the best chai in the WORLD. My favorite part about their chai is that they put a mint leaf in it, giving the chai an amazing taste and adding some beauty to my morning. I quickly added that trick to my recipe. When I was studying for the Bar Exam in the summer of 2011, I was living at home with my parents. My mom has a garden in our backyard and so every morning, I’d take a brisk walk to the garden and pick some fresh mint leaves for my chai.

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Q:  What does a teabag do when it’s tired?
A: It seeps.

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Ingredients:  Serves 2.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk (any fat percentage is ok)
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger (the size of your pinky nail)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 black tea bags (loose tea leaves enhance the taste, but are a bit more messy and not ideal for a quick cup of tea)
  • sugar (brown or white) or honey, to taste
  • fresh mint leaves (optional)
  1. Pour the water into a small pot.
  2. Open the cardamom pod.  Throw away the shell and keep the seeds.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds, ginger and fennel seeds.  Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Add the tea bags. Bring the heat down to medium for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the milk.  As soon as the chai comes to a boil, turn off the burner.
  6. Strain the tea bags.
  7. Pour in a mug.
  8. Add the desired amount of sugar or honey.
  • Don’t throw away the tea bags!  Scatter tea leaves (which are acidic) around your acid-loving outdoor plants and shrubs, such as dogwood, gardenia and hibiscus. Keep a sharp eye on your plants when you first begin using tea leaves as mulch. Tea leaves naturally contain fluoride, which, if used to excess, can damage some plants.
  • Add 1 or 2 mint leaves for taste and beauty.

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Love tea,
Love Pri

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ek cup garam chai


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