Illaichi Chai | Cardamom Chai

Cardamom Chai | Illaichi Chai

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.

Try some other Chai recipes too. Try Chai Wallah’s Chai, Heavenly Gentle Chai, Ashram Chai, Chai Masala, and Yogi Chai.

All of our Chai recipes are here. You might like to browse all of our Teas, and our Indian Recipes too. Or simply explore our Early Autumn recipes.

Cardamom Chai | Illaichi Chai

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.


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