The weather is cooling and Chai is back on our mind. Early morning, late evening, or in between it is a beautiful, relaxing drink. Meditative in its making, the joy and love that goes into it can be tasted in the end result. I love to make it while I am cleaning the kitchen in the evening, stirring periodically, and loving the aroma of the brewing chai. Then to cuddle up on the lounge with a cuppa – ah, heaven on a cold night.
Illaichi Chai | Cardamom Chai
per cup or two of chai
0.5 – 1 tspn cardamom powder
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1 black tea bag
jaggery or brown sugar, 0.5 – 1 Tblspn, depending on your sweet tooth
Bring the water to the boil and add the cardamom. Allow it to simmer for 3 – 4 minutes. Add the tea bag and again let it simmer for 4 – 5 minutes.
Now add the sugar and stir to dissolve, then the milk and then simmer for another 3 – 4 minutes.
Remove the teabags, strain through a sieve if required, and serve with some biscuits.
Relax and enjoy!
recipe notes and alternatives
Add some powdered ginger, if you like, a clove or two, and maybe a cinnamon stick.