Updated: Feb 16
"Chai" means tea in Hindi(Indian language). Indians have coffee or tea two times a day. One in the morning before breakfast and another in the evening around 4 p.m. Traditionally milk and sugar will be added to both coffee and tea.
During weekends my mom would sleep in a little longer. My dad is always an early riser. Like my dad I am also an early riser, so he would ask me to make Chai or Coffee. This was when I was in middle school. I would make chai for my dad and me. We would enjoy the warm chai in the early morning hours listening to the birds singing. I love recollecting those happy memories! In this blog I am sharing my foolproof chai recipe. If you follow this recipe to the 'T' I can assure you that your Chai will taste delicious.
Chai tea (serving size -2)
2 cups milk
2 cups water
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoon Red label tea powder(you can find it in Indian store)
1. Add 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder , 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger , 3 tablespoons tea powder and 4 tablespoons sugar in a pot.
2. Bring the contents to a boil.
3. Add 2 cups milk into the pot.
4. Switch of the heat when the milk is about to boil over.
5. Filter the Chai(tea) using a strainer.
6. Enjoy your warm Chai.
After adding milk , please don't walk away from the pot before switching off the heat. I have done this mistake a few times and the milk has boiled over the stove top creating a huge mess. If you like your chai less sweeter you can reduce amount of sugar in the recipe.