Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Tea or Chai"

"Tea, or Chai" as it is commonly known across India is a very popular beverage and we Indians love our cup of tea. First thing I would love to have in the morning is a steaming hot cup of tea as it is very refreshing and rejuvenating. Tea for me is a comfort drink, be it early in the morning or when i'm busy I just can't miss it, well on a rainy day a steaming hot cup of tea along with pakoras is an ultimate treat.

Tea for us is not only an aromatic beverage but also a culture for us, be it the "nukad ke chai ki dukan" in North India or the "adda" of Bengal, it has its own importance. In Mumbai, the road side tea stall have given it a very unique name "Cutting or Full", as they serve chai in small clear glasses, cutting refers to half glass and full refers to full glass.

We just can't forget the age old tradition where a would be bride meets the bridegrooms family for the first time holding a tray with cups full of our humble "Chai".The humble Chai has also been glorified by our Hindi film industry with the numerous songs the first that comes to my mind is "Ek garam chaai ke pyali ho"....

Well there are a lot of good memories to share about tea.... and there is no end to the diversity of making chai, brewing tea is fun as you get to experiment until you get it "just right"....... my family favorite is the Ginger Tea also known as "Adrak Wali Chai"

"Adrak wali Chai"
Ginger Tea (this makes approx 2 cups)

Water - 1.5 cup

Milk - 1 cup

Tea leaves - 2.5 to 3 tsp (depending upon how strong you want your tea)

Ginger -1" piece crushed

Sugar - 2 - 3 tsp (As per taste)

Heat milk and water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Crush ginger and add to the boiling milk and water mixture. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes continue by adding tea leaves. Let this come to a boil once more. Add sugar and simmer the mixture for three to four minutes. Strain this and serve your cup of tea piping hot.

Well there are a lot of other versions of the Ginger tea which you could try

Ginger and Fennel (Saunf) Tea - Just add 1/2 tsp of Saunf sightly pounded in a mortar and pestle along with the ginger. Rest all remains the same.

You could also try a variation of the ginger tea by adding 3-4 peppercorns along with the ginger. Rest all remains the same.

Hope you enjoy your cup of tea.........

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