Treat yourself to a 10 minute break. The preparation of it and the enjoyment of it. Make it your own.
If you don’t like anise, don’t use it. If you don’t like ginger, don’t use it. Chai is as spiced milk tea that traditionally contains:
- Black tea.
- A combination of spices.
So just to add to the ton of Chai tea recipes out there, I throw ours into the ring. We make ours 1-2 cups at a time. While we prefer to use fresh spices, they are not always on hand so our local farmer’s market sells them in bulk for a lot less than at a grocery store. So we have the powdered versions in our cupboards as well. We have also found that when using fresh herbs it is best to cut back a bit on the portions – fresh herbs have more flavor.
3/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
2 tbsp black tea
full drinking cup (though I use my favorite mug) water
1/2 mug milk
Add the spices to water in a small pan and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the spices steep in the water for a few minutes. Slowly add the milk, turn up the heat but do not boil. Stir. Using a small strainer (ours is 3 inches), pour the mixture into your drinking mug (cup). I wait until this point to add honey as the sweetener, sometimes I am in the mood for a little and sometimes a little more. Sweeten to taste.
I occasionally then add a bit of cinnamon or allspice. I have also enjoyed it with turmeric. Whatever your favorite flavors – try it. Make it your own. Then take those 10 minutes to really enjoy it. You deserve this break.