A Chai Tea recipe to satisfy my infatuation
You may or may not be aware by now but I quickly become obsessed with things. Chai Tea surpasses this. With a good Chai Tea recipe you can rule the world, whilst Blogging about it.
So here is my (Joshua’s) easy recipe for Chai Tea. (Yes Chai Tea should be capitalised… they are two awesome words.)
Side Note: Slightly off topic BUT a big bug bear for me is when new recipes ask for weird spices; because not finding the right ingredients or having leftover things that go stale and later a funky colour because you refused to chuck them out IS ANNOYING. I promise that all of these ingredients will be available at the supermarket, although you may have to depend on a world foods aisle and you will love this tea so much that you will use up the spices surprisingly quickly. Unless you don’t like Chai Tea, in which case leave this Blog and never return… just kidding! I am not the Kaiser of Tea.
Chai Tea Ingredients:
- 6 green cardamom pods
- 5 cloves
- 4 black peppercorns
- 5 pieces of cassia Bark or half a stick of cinnamon
- 1 star anise
- 2cm chunk of ginger
- 200ml milk
- 500ml water
- 500ml water
- 2 darjeeling tea bags, another recommendation would be assam.
- 3 teaspoons of sugar… sometimes when I am feeling particularly good about myself I add an extra one in.
Chai Tea Recipe
- Pour the boiled water into the saucepan with the milk and simmer.
- Crush the cardamon pods.
- ‘Bruise’ aka break up the cassia bark.
- Add all the spices into the pot.
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Try not to let it boil over and if you are are too tempted by the smell then 15 minutes will probably do.
- Add the tea bags and the sugar.
- Leave to brew for 5 minutes or longer depending on your tea strength preference.
- Strain. My recommendation would be through a sieve and not a saucepan lid as so cleverly demonstrated here.
And wallah! That is the Chai Tea recipe complete. Not only have you successfully filled your house with an aroma sent by the God’s; once it’s cooled off a little bit you have the chance to taste it. I recommend having finished any housework before you start and completing with a good book at hand.
If you aren’t satisfied yet then have a play around with ingredients! Adding any of the following makes for a tasty mix: orange zest, nutmeg, vanilla or honey.