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.
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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