Monday, 12 December 2011

Simple Indian Tea (Chai)

Though tea is not a traditional Indian drink and was introduced in India around 1820 by the British but Indians have adopted it willingly.  Today, even though India is one of the largest producers of tea, it consumes almost 70% of its produce.  And tea, or chai as it is lovingly called in India, is an important part of Indian hospitality.  Tea is best when one has it with one's friends and loved ones.  It is not just a drink, it is an institution.  There are several ways to make tea and I'm sharing the recipe for making basic tea.


1 Cup               Water
1 Tsp               Sugar
½ Tsp              Tea-leaves
¼ cup              Milk


Put 1 cup water on gas and add sugar immediately.  Bring it to boil. 
When it starts boiling add tea-leaves.  Let it boil for 1-2 minute. 
Add Milk.
Bring it to boil.  Lower the flame and let it simmer for 1 minute.
Take off the heat and sieve it.

Look at the picture, do you see a light cream (almost white) ring around the brownish circle? Well, as far as I am concerned that is when my tea is perfect ;-)  Of course, I am a chai lover :-)

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