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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Chai

After reading this post on Chai, I decided I wanted to make my own. I've never drunk it and didn't even know what it was until I read the post. After reading more about Chai at Wikipedia, I attempted it. If you are a Chai expert, you may wish to skip the rest of this post as my Chai inexperience may offend you.

I boiled a cup of water and some spices. I used lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. I removed the pot from the eye and added 4 cups of milk. I brought the pot barely back to a boil. I removed the pot from the eye. I added two English Breakfast tea bags and put the lid on the pot to steep. After a few minutes, I squeezed the tea bags out and poured the "Chai" into mugs. In each mug I added 2 tablespoons honey and stirred.

Overall, I liked my Chai. It was something different. My guinea pigs...I mean, my kids...liked it, too. I think next time I will try chilling it before drinking it because we aren't used to warm milk at our house and that was a little weird for us. I also think I will use cinnamon sticks (which I didn't have) and add sugar instead of honey.

5 Comments:

Blogger fimble fowl said...

My husband doesn't like warm milk either but really enjoys iced chai. You can buy organic chai, I think it's called Oregon Chai, in the supermarket. It's a liquid that comes in a pour spout box that you refridgerate after opening. You just add milk or water and ice. There's nothing artificial in it and it tastes very nearly like the stovetop version.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Rene' said...

Oooh, I've never seen a recipe for making your own Chai before. Thanks for the link. :) My favorite is Black Chai by Yogi Tea.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Try adding cardamon and cloves for a more exotic flavor. My kids love it!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Samara said...

oh, YUM. I am going to try this right away- I've made horchata (with almond milk) but have not attempted chai on my own :)

4:28 PM  
Blogger TulipGirl said...

The russian word for tea is chai.

I remember being surprised at the response when I used the work chai when I meant good ol' black tea, and the conversation changing to a discussion of this spiced tea drink.

Hannah also has an interesting post on her spiced chai recipe in Korea:
http://hannahim.blogspot.com/2005/07/ode-to-chai.html

10:52 PM  

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