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Cardamom: Green Gold

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Cardamom: Green Gold

CARDAMOM CHAI

With the first monsoon drizzle, milky cardamom chai begins to simmer in saucepans across India.  The sweet fragrance of this precious spice takes tea from ordinary to exotic.

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon strong black tea leaves
1 pod of green cardamom: crushed and powdered
A sliver of fresh ginger-root, crushed
sugar to your taste

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
Add the tea leaves. Let the tea leaves cook in the water on low heat for about 1 minute.
Pour in the milk, and simmer again.
Put in the cardamom and ginger.
Add sugar.
Let the chai simmer at each step.

Then strain the tea and enjoy it hot, preferably with rain and soulful music!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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6:13PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thanks.

8:20AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

mmm! can't wait to try!

11:44PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

my favorite spice! i chew on the seeds for funz.

4:01PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

I thought milk reduced or eliminated the antioxidant value of teas.

9:09PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Cardamom tea is divine!

7:09PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

where do you buy cardamoms?

9:08AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

thanks!

2:32PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

thanks

2:09PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

8:52AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

very nice thanks

6:08AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Sounds great, have to try it.

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