Zansi'Vara wrote: BriarRose wrote:
Phara wrote:Without an actual poll.
COFFEE VS TEA.
THE ULTIMATE COMPETITION.
Am I allowed to say coffee in the AM and chai (like the real Indian double boiled with milk on the stove top with actual spices tea...none of this "chai tea" crap!) in the PM?!?
Oh gods, that sounds incredible. I don't think I've ever had real Chai. Now I wanna go out and make some. Any recipes you can share?
This is mine (makes 2-3 MUGS - I don't do those namby bamby teacups):
You will need:
2 teabags (I use Tetley, but really any black tea will do - if you go to an Indian market they may have loose/bagged indian black tea, but it is strong!)
2-3 Mugs of water
Cinnamon (1 - 2 sticks broken up or 1 tsp ground), cloves (2 whole or 1/2 tsp ground), cardamom (2 - 3 pods cracked open), 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional); sugar (to taste - optional) - some people also use fennel & cumin, feel free to experiment with different spices by making a base recipe (just water, tea & milk) and then steeping your spice selection (keep in mind this will produce a weaker flavour)
Evaporated milk (I prefer the canned stuff for chai, but real milk/cream will do)
Glass stove-top tea pot (again you can find at the Indian store, but also get a heat diffuser!) or small sauce pan with lid
1. On med-high heat, bring water, tea & spices to a boil (if using whole spices I use a tea ball so I don't have to make a mess straining them out)
2. Once the tea has come to a brisk boil, lower heat (to med-low) add evaporated milk (this is to taste, but I like my chai a bit creamier so I put a fair amount - the tea should look like this:
3. Bring the tea to a boil again and once it's boiled for a few minutes (depending on how strong you like it) you can turn the heat off and add sugar if you like (and more milk/cream as well). At this point I take my tea ball (spices) out and let the chai steep a little further on the cooling element. You can serve right away if you prefer or leave the spices in if you like a stronger flavour.
This method produces a strong tea with a med-light spice flavour; adjust as you see fit