Ever had chai in the streets of Kolkata? Sweet and creamy against the edge of black tea - simply spiced with cardamom and warmed with lots of ginger - here's the recipe! —Chaiwalla
fresh grated ginger
assam CTC loose black tea leaves (or orange pekoe) (equivalent is 3 tea bags)
green cardamom pods, coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle, leave the pods in
1 1/2 cups
raw cane sugar, or equivalent
In This Recipe
Bring the water and ginger to a rolling boil.
Turn the heat down to medium high (6 on my dial), and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add the black tea.
Simmer 5 minutes.
Add the milk and ground cardamom with their pods.
When the mixture returns to a boil, put the timer on for 7 minutes.
Add the sugar, stir, strain into cups, enjoy!
Notes: If your chai is still watery - turn the dial up next time one higher, and boil this batch down a bit more. If you want to tone down the bitterness of the tea, put 2 tsp instead. If you have less than 3 cups of tea at the end of things, then turn your dial down a bit next time, or simmer for less time. These times work perfectly on my stove - but it is a crappy electric stove, so who knows :) You can play with the quantity of ginger too - I like LOTS! I will be posting a recipe for a mixture of teas you can use to get a nice balance of flavours and the edginess of cheap tea similar to street chai in India. You can double, triple, etc. this recipe, just expect it to take a bit longer to come back to the boil the second time around.