Okay back! Now here's the deal. This is all in ode to one fine day, a day that was unlike any other. It was the day I tried gelato for the first time! Ok well second time, but that didn't seem as dramatic an opening. If you remember from this post, I was so awe struck from tasting gelato for the very first time in Montreal, that as soon as I returned, I had to get some of that party in my mouth again. I didn't have to go too far, as there is a highly recommended gelato shop by my Manhattan apartment, and I felt daring enough to order black raspberry with thai chili chocolate. Woah! That was damn good. I still can feel the spicy aftertaste in my mouth. So it is with that I want to set out on concocting the very best chai inspired recipe for this week's Whipped. What's a girl to do? Make the gosh darn chai tea, that's what! My researching led me here and here, and below are some snapshots from my adventures...
makes 2 cups
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup evaporated milk (or whole should you prefer)
- 2 whole cardamon pods, pounded or 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated or 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons Darjeeling tea (didn't have this either, used English Breakfast teabag)
- 3-6 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-6 black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
1. In a small pot, add water and grated ginger (and optional spices go in at this point). Allow it to come to a boil.
2. Add in milk and again allow it to come to a boil, stirring in between.
3. Stir in tea leaves and let it come to a rolling boil.
4. Turn off stove, add cardamom powder, cover and allow tea to steep for 3-4 minutes then strain into serving cups.
5. Add sugar to taste.
Notes: If you prefer a stronger (kadak) tea, allow it to boil a little longer. Tea bags may also be used in place of tea leaves.I had the tea with my beloved gingerbread cookies that I made some time before, utterly failing at it, but this time...huge success!!
Oh my, oh my is this delicious! Eat, Pray, Love moment has turned into an infatuation overnight! I so want to go to India if this is a glimpse into the orgy of spice mix concoctions that I could taste. This was really good, and hit the spot perfectly combined with gingerbread cookies. I totally understand now why people go ape shit over this during winter/holiday time. Its like a warm hug in a cup!
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