This is my perfect recipe for making the Indian Chai. I think most of us have our own versions of Chai which we absolutely love. Some like it strong, some like it light, some love it without sugar, some prefer more milk, etc. The list is just never ending.
In my family back in India everyone just loves tea. I think it is made atleast 4-5 times a day. I can have it maximum 2 times a day but then I need a good one which is with perfect tea, sugar and milk.
I never made it with fixed proportions so i would always end up tasting it and making adjustments accordingly. But then i decided that i need to document the recipe of my perfect tea and then memorize it. This will definitely save lot of time.
My parents love Taj Mahal Tea powder..I am sure everyone remembers Waah Taj commercial of the amazing Zakir Hussain playing the tabla. So when i came to US i continued using the same one.
Now I wanted some change so i read lot of reviews, asked couple of friends and bought Wagh Bakri Chai powder and made my cup of tea using the below recipe 🙂
P.S The tagline of Wagh Bakhri is ‘Hamesha Rishtey Banaye’
I totally agree with it..don’t we build relationships by communicating over a cup of nice tea..Remember the song..Shayad meri shaadi ka khayal dil main maya hain..isiliye mummy ne mer tumhain CHAI pe bully hain 🙂
2 tbsp Wagh Bakhri Chai
2-3 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 inch ginger
2-3 cardamom pods
In the sauce pan add water, tea, ginger, sugar and cardamom.
Let it boil on high heat for 10 minutes. Once the color changes add milk
Now let the chai boil for 10 more minutes on medium flame
Strain carefully into a cup, and serve.
Did u know?
Chai is the Indian word for “tea”.
In India “chai” simply means tea. But in the West it refers specifically to spiced Indian-style tea – that is, tea with traditional Indian spices and milk. This is also referred to as Masala Chai, which is more popular in India than coffee. The popularity of chai tea is spreading rapidly to the rest of the world, and has taken on some changes. In America, a sweeter, creamier variation known as a “chai latte” is often served as chai.
Tasseomnacy is a fortune-telling method where patters made by tea leaves are used as tools to detect future. This method dates back to ancient China and possibly was spread around by the gypsy tribes. This method of divination was popular around the time when witchcraft was prohibited. Tasseomnacy was viewed as an easy substitution to other such practises. The method of tea-leaf reading (according to the Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology) was as follows: After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around [with] the shapes suggested by them.
Among the American, masala chai is quiet famous as ‘chai tea latte’. Interestingly here in India if you order a ‘chai tea’ people will laugh at your face because the term ‘chai’ actually means tea so essentially you are saying ‘tea tea’. So when in India simply say ‘masala tea’ that translates to spiced tea.