Here I'm sharing my husband's special recipe and the worlds best chai -Five Spice Chai, when every sip is a complement....... !!!
Milk : Half Cup
Water : 2 Cups
Cardamoms: 4 pods
Black Cardamom : 1 pod
Cloves: 2 pieces
Peppercorns: 1-2 pieces
Cinnamon : 1 small piece
Tea Leaves : 2 Tsp
Sugar : 2 tsp or to taste
A good practice is to take the spices & give them a quick grind on your mortar, alternatively you can get "Chai Masala" at many indian grocery stores. But you can't beat the freshness of fresh ground spices...
Boil water in a pan with five spices, black cardamom, green cardamom, crushed pepper corns, cinnamon & cloves (lightly crush to bring out the flavors). Cover the pan with lid, as to my experience, there is a huge difference in the aroma of tea made covered and uncovered.
Bring the water to boil and add Tea Leaves.
I prefer brewing Taj Mahal Orange Pekoe or Brook Bond "Red Label" for my Chai's, can't beat the flavor. Let the tea leaves brew for 4-5 minutes in boiling water.
Add 1/2 cup of milk and sugar to taste at this point & simmer for few minutes.
When the tea is done, give it a grace period of another one to two minutes with lid covered, to let the spices lose all their flavor to the chai.
Use a strainer to filter the tea into your tea cup. As you see here I'm serving Tea in Kulhars or Kasora's (traditional handle-less terracotta cups from North India), this is how chai is traditionally served.
Lastly, to make every sip a complement, I like to garnish the tea with crushed green cardamom, lends it a great flavor...turning milk-addicts like me into tea lovers...!
Note: Try all the spices or any single spice or blend two spices. Add the desired quantity of spices to taste.
Recipe of Chai Latte:
This recipe of Chai latte was made famous by Starbucks. The word chai denotes tea and latte is a kind of coffee but made of hot milk.
Only variation in this recipe is to make the milk frothy.
Check out the quick recipe...
- Milk: 1/2 cup
- Vanilla Extract: 1/4tsp
- Water: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1tsp
- Spice Mix: 1/2 tsp, fresh
- Nutmeg: a pinch, optional
Brew the freshly crushed spices in water.
Add sugar, Fill 1/4th of the cup with tea/spice mix.
Boil the milk and add vanilla extract.
Whisk the milk with handblender to make it creamy and frothy.
Pour this hot milk over the 1/4th filled cup till top and add a dash of nutmeg.
A rich and creamy chai latte is ready to be enjoyed with fresh homemade gingerbread or Biscuits ... !