Chai brewed in a traditional copper pot
Have you ever had chai? I have had it in chain coffee shops but found these were all to calorie loaded and sweet. I was amazed how easy you can make it at home without questionable instant mixes. I got this recipe while talking to an Indian friend who gave me some tips and tricks.
You need a few spices that you can get at an Indian store and tea. Besides that some milk or soy milk if you prefer. Let's start.
- 1 tsp per pint of water Black Tea leaves
- 1-2 Mint leaf, you may use some peppermint tea
- 2 green Cardamom pods
- 1 good pinch garam marsala
- 1 turn (Pepper mill) fresh ground pepper
- sugar according to your taste buds
- about 1 cup milk or soy milk
- 1 tsp grated ginger, the more you add the spicier it gets
- 1 pint water
When is my tea ready?
How to brew it
Start by boiling water, black tea, peppermint leaf or peppermint tea, pepper, sugar, cardamom pods, garam marsala in a tin lined copper pot. Let it boil for a few minutes (2-4) before you add milk or soy milk. Take it off the stove after another minute. Add grated ginger at the end, do not let it boil again.
Pour through a strainer and enjoy!
Add the grated ginger only at the end when your have finished brewing- ginger will result the milk to curdle if you boil it!
A thing that I learned....
chai already means spicy tea when translated, no need to call it chai tea