Do you like Chai? Not just the Starbucks way-too-sweet-and-vanilla stuff, but actual chai? If so, it's super simple, and inexpensive, to make your own. I got this recipe courtesy of Saffron Grill, in Seattle (if you're ever visiting, it's one of the best Indian restaurants in town- I highly recommend eating there).
- 4 cups water
- 2 tea bags (they recommend Orange Pekoe, I used Luzianne)
- 10 green cardamom pods (or crushed cardamom, if you can't find green pods)
- 8 whole cloves
- 1/8 tsp fennel seed
- 4 cups milk
- Sugar to taste
1. Combine water, tea, and spices in a pan or pot.
2. Heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.
3. Add 4 cups of milk (I used almond milk, but real milk would be better, especially whole milk) and bring to a boil.
4. Add sugar to taste (I used brown sugar, on a lark, but you could also add vanilla extract if desired at this step)
5. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain and serve.
As you can see, it made a lot. And it was DELICIOUS.
Labels: chai, drink, food, indian, recipe, saffron grill, tasty noms