Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I have very early memories of being taught how to ask my Russian speaking grandfather if he wanted tea, or milk or whatever.
I would ask."Hotite Chai?" ( SВы хотите чай?) I have always known "Chai" meant TEA. I really love the spiced Indian style of making tea, which is known as Chai, these days, and is so popular. I have copied the recipe from Madam Stewart's site, and included a link to a Chai Information and Recipe site, as well!

Now I am looking for a local supply source for green cardamom seeds...

Serves 4
10 whole green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
5 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and quartered
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
1/3 cup honey, plus more for serving (optional)
4 bags black tea
1 1/2 cups milk
Place 3 cups water in a small saucepan; add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla bean and scrapings. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer until mixture is aromatic, about 15 minutes. Whisk in honey; drop tea bags in pan. Turn off heat, and let steep 3 minutes.
Strain tea through a fine strainer or a coffee filter into a warmed serving pot. Heat milk in same saucepan over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil because it will separate. Pour into serving pot with the tea, and stir well to combine. Serve immediately, with more honey on the side if desired.

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