04-13-2007, 07:08 AM #1
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CHAI: A spiced tea drink. Chai is usually made with black tea and cream,
with spices such as ginger, cloves, cinnamon or caradmom. Tea prepared this way
is common in India.
The term 'chai' doesn't refer to an actual kind of tea or a specific drink,
but a style of preparing it. Chai is usually served with a milk or cream, and
is heavily spiced. Common spices in chai are cardamom, cloves, cinnamon,
ginger, pepper, and allspice.
Chai has come to North America from India, and has gained much popularity at
coffeehouses and tea shops everywhere. It's not hard to make at home, and many
of the spices are ones you likely have in your pantry.
Chai Tea Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer
2 tsp. vanilla powder*
2-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cardamom
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. In a blender or
food processor bowl, place 1 cup at a time, and process until mixture is
blended and the particles are fine.
Add 2 heaping serving tablespoons Chai tea mixture to a mug of boiling water
and stir to mix well.
*If you can't find vanilla powder, mix 2 tsp. vanilla extract with some of
the sugar until blended and dry. Then process with remaining ingredients in
blender or food processor.
MASALA CHAI Serves 4
4 tsp loose tea, usually black
1 piece of dry ginger
3 cardamom pods, crushed
3 whole cloves
1 piece of cinnamon stick
Milk and sugar to taste
Boil 2 cups of water, then add tea and spices. Boil for another half minute
then remove from heat. Let sit for 1 minute. Strain out the spices and serve,
with milk and/or sugar.
KASHMIRI CHAI Serves 6
1 tsp loose tea
4 cardamom pods, bruised
1 small cinnamon stick, broken up
Saffron threads, a pinch
4 cups water
2 tbs finely powdered almonds
Honey, to taste
Mix everything except honey and almonds in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and let steep for 5 minutes. Put a teaspoon of almonds
in the bottom of each cup, and pour hot tea over. Sweeten with honey to taste.
GREEN TEA CHAI Serves 4
4 tbs green tea
6 whole cloves
1/2 ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk
4 cups water
Boil water, then simmer with cinnamon, ginger and cloves for about 10
minutes. Add tea and steep for another 5 minutes. Add milk and heat until near
boiling. Strain out the spices and tea leaves. Serve with a bit of honey.
MOON CHAI - ZING
10 pieces of ginger, 1-inch
4 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 tsp green cardamom pods
2 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cloves, whole
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp licorice root
1/2 tsp allspice
5 cups water
3 tbs honey
Milk, to taste
Combine everything except for milk and honey, in a saucepan. Cover pot and
simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the pot from heat, and let sit for another 35
minutes (covered). Strain out the spices and add honey, and milk if desired.
THAI ICED Serves 4
6 cups water
8 tea bags, black
1 cup evaporated milk
4 tbs sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp cardamom
Boil the water and steep tea bags with cardamom for 5 minutes. Strain out
teabags and let cool. Put ice into 4 glasses, and add tea. Leave about a quarter
of the glass empty. To each glass add, 1 tbs sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup
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