Saturday, November 1, 2008

Quick Masala Chai!!



Chai is the most famous drink in India. Though it is so straightforward to make and the ingredients do not change that much, each Chai tastes different. Each house/tea shop/restaurant has its own taste of Chai, its own recipe for Chai. 

There are two reasons why this Chai recipe happens to be my first blog. 
i) When my younger cousin could not speak 'Chandani' properly, she started calling me something that sounded like 'Chai'. And the name has stuck even now :). 
ii) Chai is, by far the most frequently made drink in our house, and it happens to be the favorite drink of my husband. Chais are made at our place almost any time. Be it early mornings, late nights or lazy afternoons. There is no bad time for tea time :).

So, here is my Chai recipe  ...
Ingredients:
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp dried tea leaves
3 cardamoms(crushed) with outer shells
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger powder(or freshly crushed ginger)
2-3 mint leaves
2-3 drops vanilla essence
sugar according to taste

Method:
  • Put all the ingredients except milk in a flat bottomed pan. If you are using fresh ginger, that should be added later.
  • Heat milk in a microwave-safe cup for 60-90 seconds. This can be done on the stove,too but heating the milk in the microwave will reduce the total amount of time and will also keep the bottom of the pan from getting all sticky and black.
  • Add milk in the pan and bring to boil.  Reduce the heat and add freshly crushed ginger at this point. Simmer it for a minute. 
  • Strain the tea and serve immediately.
Enjoy!!!

16 comments:

gauav said...

Hey all the best chai for the new venture!!!! :)
love dhara

Shital said...

Hey Chai....Congo...finally you started!! Have maja avashe...tara thi inspir thay ne kaik karva nu man pan thashe !!

laghukatha0shortstories said...

cha aavi rite bane eno mein koi divas vichar j nohato karyo!! :)

Nisarg said...

Hey Chai! looks yummy! Your hubby is so so lucky [:p]

dhara said...

this is nice huh!!!!! nisarg jaate jaate j aavi ne aavi badhi comments kare chhe!!! publicity stunt chhe!!!! good job nisarg!

Chandani said...

thanks dhara, shital and nisarg:)...lucky to aapne banne chhiye j ne!!
saache hun dhara, evu j chhe...
dharaben, mane pan ahiya aavine j aa rite cha karvano vichar aavyo:)

Nisarg said...

Aa to shun chhe Dhara, paani pahela paal bandhvi pade ne! Have hoon koi dahaado koi blog lakdhi maaroon to pan ek comment to malshe j ne!

Usha said...

First time here,you have a cool space here...chai is my favorite beverage too and coincidentally was my first blog post too since I love it so much....

dhara said...

Sachi vaat chhe Nisarg!!!! So when r you starting? Let me knw.........ekad comment vadhare mali shake etle............

Chandani said...

hey usha, thanks for visiting my blog, you also have a yummy blog!! will check out your chai recipe:)

Shivangi said...

Hey chandani Great blog, reminded me of college days:) you have always been a great cook and this blog would help me reach there too;)

Chandani said...

Thanks a lot Shivangi:)

aditi said...

hey chandani......gud 2 cu in blog world gal.........All d best and i know ur d best cook who surprise with unique dishes......:):)

Jfarringdon said...

Chandani,

I am a huge fan of chai. I have it most mornings. But alas, it is not homemade like yours. If I was to make it from fresh, what type of tea leaves do you recommend?

Great seeing you last night. Great Blog!
Jill

Chandani said...

Hey Jill,
Thanks for dropping by :).
We also enjoyed meeting you both yesterday.
For chai, I get tea leaves from the Indian store. If you want, I can send some over with Nisarg.

notyet100 said...

first time here,...u have nice blog,..:-)liked the name too,..chai is my fav too,...