When I think about India there are so many things, lists of things in fact, that I really miss… and also things that I really do not miss.
At the very top of the list of the things that I do really miss is undoubtedly the chai. Sharing tea is such a huge part of most Asian cultures and sharing chai was always one of my very favorite things in India. No two people’s chai will taste exactly the same but most are as rich, spicy and sweet as can be. There is a true art to preparing it and a deep pleasure found in the people of India as they share it with you.
I have made a few different chais trying to find the right blend and this one seems to be the tastiest!
Give it a try:
1 Tbsp fennel or anise seed
6 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1/4″ ginger root, sliced thin
1/4 tsp black pepper corns
2 bay leaves
7 Cups water
Add this all to a medium to large pot, bring to a boil, and simmer 5-10 minutes:
Add 2 Tbsp Darjeeling tea (in a tea ball) and simmer for another 5-7 mins
Strain liquid to remove whole spices.
Add 3-6 Tbsp honey (to taste)
1 Cup milk