Chai as an art that must be discovered. Ingredients are the map but the combination is your own journey. This is the secret intention of the heart.
Today, we explore a wealth of different items that can be added to a basic chai recipe to vary the flavour combinations to your heart’s content.
There are more variations for Chai here: Indian Chai Variations.
Journey of the Heart Chai
For the basic chai, simmer (in a cup or two of water) black tea, slices of fresh ginger, bruised cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick and 3 or 4 cloves. After they simmer for 5 – 10 minutes, add some jaggery or brown sugar and 1 – 2 cups milk. Simmer again for 5 mins before enjoying.
To the spices, you can also add (depending on your mood, the weather, the time of year and the basic state of the world):
dried ginger (small amounts as it is very intense)
fennel seeds or fronds
fenugreek seeds (just a few)
turmeric root or powder (just a little)
black pepper (begin with small amounts)
kaffir lime leaves