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New Hot Drink for cold winter days
recipe for Chai Tea
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Date: 12/7/05 5:28 AM

I just tried a new hot drink, very different, and very tasty. There just aren't enough hot drinks...there's a limit to how much coffee a person can drink!

I receive a weekly newsletter from allrecipes.com and this new recipe was in it. It's actually for a 'dry mix', and makes 36 servings. I was intrigued, but skeptical that I'd like it.

I broke down the recipe to one cupful, just to try it. I had to substitute for a couple things I didn't have on hand, but my changes were probably for the better [like real milk for powdered milk].

Here's a link to the recipe...click on "reviews" when you get there, to see my one cupful version.

Chai Tea

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Date: 12/7/05 7:41 AM

There are lots of companies that actually have Chai tea bags as well. You can also buy the concentrate in a tatra pack that you heat and add your milk to. Both are really nice! I love Chai in the winter .... especially with whipped cream on top!

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Date: 12/7/05 9:10 AM

Or you can make Chai the closer-to-traditional way, which is basically warming a mixture of 2 parts milk and 1 part water on the stove with spices and tea.

Start with cold water and milk. Add the following spices and tea to taste:

tea (I like darjeeling leaves)
stick cinnamon
green cardomom pods
freshly chopped ginger
peppercorns
whole cloves
sugar

Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into mugs.

I think everyone has their own way of making Chai--different preferences on how long to boil, when to add the tea, when to add the milk. It's fun to play and find out what works best for you.

Deepika's quite the gourmand. Perhaps when she returns she'll give us her version.

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Date: 12/7/05 9:24 AM

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! I have never drank this before but it sounds heavenly. It is a great idea for Christmas gifts. This will be one to give to my kids teachers. Now to get the ingredients (I think I have all the spices!) and a cute tin to put it in. I am also going to print up the recipe, make copies, and give that with the gift. Thanks again!

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Date: 12/7/05 9:28 AM

oh so yummy with whipped cream on top! my dh likes Tazo Chai tea, and he puts one bag in with a family size bag of regular tea when he makes a pitcher of iced tea. my MIL liked it so much when she was visiting this summer that she is hooked on it now too. :)

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Date: 12/7/05 9:29 AM

Wouldn't ya know, today's newspaper has a recipe for Chai mix:

1 c Darjeeling tea leaves
8 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
two 4-inch cinnamon sticks, crushed
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp whole allspice berries

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight container and label with a three-month expiration date. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

To use: Place 2 Tbsp Chai Tea Mix in a teapot and add 4 cups boiling water. Let steep for five to seven minutes, strain, and serve hot with milk and sugar. Serves two to four.

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Date: 12/7/05 10:19 AM

Indian grocers sometimes have premade chai mixes (tea/spices). I tend to find the just-add-milk mixes cloyingly sweet.

Asian groceries have a variety of hot drinks aside from just tea/coffee.....try Korean barley tea (bori cha) made from roasted barley (non-caff with a smoky flavor), or chrysanthemum tea from a Chinese market (rock sugar is usually added to this one).

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Date: 12/7/05 10:35 AM

Traders Joe's has a nice Chai in tea bags.

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Date: 12/7/05 11:06 AM

Chai is definitely addicting.

Here is our chai recipe I adapted from an Internet recipe:

Heat four cups of water in a teapot. When it boils, take it off the burner and add 5 green tea bags. Let it sit while doing the following.

Pour 1 can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk into a medium/large bowl

Mix into the sw. condensed milk the following ingredients:


1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a little nutmeg and cloves to taste. Cloves seem bitter to me so I go very light on that.

Press the tea bags to drain them into the water and discard. Pour the tea into the sw. condensed milk mixture and store in the fridge.

You now have your chai "concentrate". The concentrate will then be mixed 50/50 with whatever milk you normally drink into a mug or cup. Meaning, fill the cup half full with the chai concentrate, the rest of the way fill it with skim, 2%, or whatever milk you normally drink. Then heat in the microwave for your morning hot drink. Or use de-caf green tea for your evening hot drink.

Just make sure to shake the concentrate when you take it out of the fridge because the spices will settle at the bottom. The chai concentrate will be good for about a week, if it lasts that long.

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Date: 12/7/05 11:14 AM

Celestrial Seasonings makes a couple varieties of chai also, in tea bags. Having made and bought lots of kinds of chai, I find the tea bag form tasty and convenient.

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