- Submitted by Dahlia
(Tea with Ginger & Cardamon)
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Yesterday while I was making tea, I happened to hear the song “Kashmir main to kanyakumari” from the movie Chennai express and it struck me randomly that the song was so best suited at that moment. Indeed, the tea of the famously called “chai” is a beverage that is relished and enjoyed in every nook of the country. I do not think there is any Indian household who would not consume tea. There are people who just cannot start their day without having a cup of Chai.
While there are many varieties of tea, my personal favorite is the ginger cardamom tea, also known as adrak elaichi chai (in Hindi) or inji elakkai tea (in Tamil). The aroma of the cardamom and power of ginger make us enjoy every sip of the beverage. Along with being tasty and refreshing, the ginger cardamom tea is also loaded with anti oxidants and anti inflammatory compounds. When you have cold or when you are tired after a days work, this tea will instantly energize you. Enjoy this powerful beverage, our very own traditional ginger cardamom tea.
Recipe for Ginger Tea
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
- Milk - 1.5 cup
- Tea - 1 tbsp
- Water - 1 cup
- Ginger - 2" piece (crushed)
- Cardamom - 3 pods (crushed)
- Sugar/ Honey - 3 tsp (or to taste)
- Peel the ginger and crush it. For this you can use a mortar and pestle. If not you can grate the ginger too.
- Crush the cardamom too.
- In a saucepan, bring water to a boil along with crushed ginger and cardamon pods. (NOTE: You could also add ginger powder and cardamom powder)
- Add the tea leaves and let it come to a rolling boil again.
- Reduce the flame and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes for all the essence of the tea to be released in the water.
- Add the milk to the above tea water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for couple of mintes till you get the desired colour. Switch off
- Strain the tea using a strainer and add enough sugar.
- Pour it back and froth in 2 tumblers to make it frothy. This makes it extra tasty. Enjoy it piping hot with biscuits.
Serving Ginger Cardamom Tea
- Ginger tea tastes best when served piping hot with some fried crispy snacks like bajji, bonda, vada, pakodas etc.
- The most common way of serving tea everyday at homes is with biscuits.
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