Video:Indian Chaiwith Natasha Levitan
Indian chai is often made with ginger and cardamon, but this recipe also calls for a heavenly mix of cinnamon, fennel, cloves, and peppercorn.See Transcript
Transcript:Indian ChaiHi, I'm Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today, I'm going to show you how to make Indian chai.
Chai IngredientsFor this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons black tea leaves (use strong teas like assam, darjeeling, nilgiri or ceylon)
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 3 cardamom pods
- 2 black peppercorns
- 2 cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- 2 teaspoons sugar
Crush the Cardamon PodsCrush the cardamon pods with a side of the knife. The pods will open to release small black seeds. We will not discard the green shell, but use the whole thing in our tea mixture.
Combine the Milk, Water, and SpicesHeat water and milk in a small saucepan on high heat until the water and milk begin to boil.
As the mixture begins to rise, add in the spice mixture and stir it with a whisk. Turn the heat down to low.
Add the Tea LeavesWhen the liquid rises to a boil again, add tea leaves and stir. Cover your saucepan with a lid and allow it to brew for two minutes, until the tea color turns brown, like coffee with milk.
Strain the Chai TeaNow we're going to strain our spice mixture using a metal strainer. Pour your tea into a cup, and add sugar to taste and stir. Our chai is done.
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