April 6, 2010

Tea with Spices/Chai Tea

Whenever we dine at an Indian restaurant, we would often ordered Chai tea with our meal. Then I asked them to make it strong and spicy for us, which invariably is not so as they were all pre-mixed ahead of time. It is nothing like making it at home.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
2½ cups water
2 Tbsp. black tea
5 green cardamons, slightly crushed
5 black cardamons, slightly crushed
3 whole cloves
1 star anise
3-4 peppercorns, slightly crushed
1 tsp. fennel seeds
One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
1 cup milk
honey to taste
nutmeg for garnishing
1. In a saucepan, combine water, tea, spices. Cook over medium heat until hot, cover and let mixture steep for about 10 minutes.  
2. Remove from heat, add milk and pour tea through a fine strainer. Serve in pre-warmed cups or teapot and honey and nutmeg on the side. Tips: I made a small bag with cheesecloth for the tea and spices or you can use a tea ball
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