Just realized this week that I’ve been drinking about a liter of tea a day. Probably not healthy. But there’s a reason, actually, a couple.
First, we got the milk-wallah back in line. For some unknown reason, he stopped coming about a month ago, and I tried talking to him and calling him, but no dice. I gave up, went back to coffee, and thought nothing of it. One evening, walking home from the office with Ami, I casually mentioned that the milk-wallah had stopped coming. Incredulous, she walked over with me and we discussed. The reason he stopped coming? Unknown; we got a shrug and nothing more. But more to the point, we re-started milk delivery (1/2 liter a day, every day, at 7:45 AM, to the door).
So now I have a half-liter of milk – what to do with it? The answer: turn it into chai. Here’s my recipe, in case you want to try at home.
– Half liter of milk, preferably not skim
– Half liter of water
– 4 tsp loose black tea powder (not leaves)
– 4 tsp white sugar
– 4 green cardamom pods, opened and ground (use a mortar and pestle)
– 1 knuckle of fresh ginger, washed and grated
– (Optional) small bunch of fresh mint leaves, washed and plucked
Step 1: Boil milk until it comes up to a rolling boil.
Step 2: After the milk reaches a boil, reduce to a simmer. Add water, tea powder, sugar, cardamom and ginger. Stir well.
Step 3: Bring the whole mix back up to a boil – and watch that it doesn’t boil over.
Step 4: As it comes up to a boil, stir the mixture and reduce / increase heat to get it boiling at least 3-4 times. This creates a skin at the top which is key to the flavor.
Step 5: When it’s been reboiled 4-5 times, take it off and filter it into a couple of cups
Makes about 1 liter of chai, which is enough for 4 people. Or enough for me for breakfast, mid-morning, post-lunch and early afternoon.