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Mamaji’s Chai Tea

1 Jan

Mamaji’s Chai Tea

I love chai tea! This recipe I learned from some amazing women from India. I worked with them in a busy vegan kitchen. They didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Punjabi but they took me under their wing anyway. We had many laughs and tears over a cup of chai. It is so soothing that it really comforts you. It also helps aid in digestion.

a spoon of cardamon pods

a spoon of fennel

a spoon of fresh grated ginger

a dash of cinnamon

1/2 spoon of cloves (use less if you find cloves strong)

2 heaping spoons of lose leaf black tea (Irish Breakfast or English Breakfast)

1/4 cup of milk (either cow or soy)

sweetner to taste

In a small saucepan add about 2 cups of water and spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Let simmer for 5 min or so. Add black tea and simmer another couple of minutes. Then add milk and bring to a boil once again. Caution: keep stirring the chai and be careful that it doesn’t boil over! So many times I had a HUGE disaster because I wasn’t paying attention.  Then reduce heat to a simmer for another couple of minutes. Remove from heat and pour through a strainer into a teacup. Add sugar or sweetener to taste.



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