A Warm Cup of Chai Tea

I am so in love with tea.  I don’t know where this comes from.  I have this fantasy that every time I have a cup, I become a bit more English.  Just a touch more milk, a drizzle of honey, and I’m convinced an accent will start to form.  My grammar will get better.  I’ll miraculously procure a wealth of knowledge about all the significant works of world literature.  But it never comes.  Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace never gets any easier.  But I’m still holding out hope…

So no one’s feelings get hurt, let me just say, that I love everyone equally in my tea collection.  But, I certainly have a soft spot for chai spice tea – a combination of black tea and varied whole or ground spices.  A few years ago, I stumbled across a recipe for an Indian Masala Chai tea that is truly wonderful.  The great thing about teas like this is that once you have a solid base, you can let your own creativity flow and come up with new and unique spice combinations.  Below is the original recipe from which I have made countless variations (although the original is quite phenomenal itself.)

The Ultimate Masala Tea

Recipe Source: Indian Food Made Easy, by Anjum Anand

1 1/2 cups water
scant 1/2 cup milk
4 black peppercorns
10 green cardamom pods
hefty pinch of fennel seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1″ piece fresh ginger, sliced
1 tbsp loose black tea leaves, or 1 tea bag
sugar or honey, to taste
tiny pinch of salt, optional

1.  Combine water, milk, spices and ginger in a small pot.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, making sure it doesn’t boil over.

2.  Add loose tea leaves, or tea bag, to pot and let steep for about 1 minute; longer if you prefer stronger tea.  Strain mixture into your cup.  Add sugar or honey to taste along with a tiny pinch of salt, if using.

Now, enjoy!

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2 Responses to A Warm Cup of Chai Tea

  1. Olivia Kwan says:

    Yay. We should have high tea together and hold our pinkies up! 🙂 Cool blog sister

  2. Good job Ash, awesome phogography, They are beautiful. I love all of your pix, plus the reciepe,s all you have to offer. I could just imagine myself making this on a beautiful summer day with just Dave & I. Very romantic. Great Idea. I do believe you were born to do this, it appears as it comes naturely, of course I do know its not that easy, you work very hard, However it is brillent. & promising. I truley wish you , and Chris the best in this, your music, whatever you do, you will be sucessful. I/We all love you & miss you so much. I will pass this along to many people as, I also I know they will be intrigued as I was, take care, love from all of us here in Wisconsin the Wiscon Gang or your Wisconsin family to you & everyone there. hopefully I will hear from you sooner more than later later, just keep us in the loop. We are so proud of you, & si happy were related to such a wonderful, sweet, and loving young lady. ttyl luv Sherry

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