A liter a day keeps the doctor away?

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.


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5 Responses to A liter a day keeps the doctor away?

  1. Minna Katz says:

    thanks,but no thanks!!
    But did you ever figure out why you were not getting the milk delivered?
    Life in Bombay!!

  2. Mom says:

    Would Almond Milk work for Chai Tea? I realize it is not part of the “original Chai,” but it would make the digestion easier for many and cut the calories… xxxooo WipeWalla

  3. Judy says:

    Looking forward to having some chai on friday morning!

  4. Rob says:

    @Mom – No clue on the Almond Milk (there is such a thing? The cows must be nuts. Ha.)

    @Grandma – Nope, didn’t figure out why he stopped coming – a shrug is all I found out.

    @Aunt Judy – And on Friday, you got it!

  5. Moshe says:

    Be careful of drinking too much tea, Rob. The same antioxidants in tea that are so good for you also chelate non-heme iron, and so could make you anaemic. Also, there is a surprising amount of caffeine in tea, which probably helped in causing my ulcer.

    Cuz Mo

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