Divine Recipes – Chai

Hold the sadness and pain of samsara in your heart and at the same time the power and vision of the Great Eastern Sun. Then the warrior can make a proper cup of tea.                     Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

Chai hands

 

Tea is India’s most popular drink – 837,000 tonnes of it are consumed every year. The ritual of drinking chai transcends all boundaries, and roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve it boiled up with spices, sugar and milk.

Born on a tea estate in Kotagiri in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Rukmani has been plucking tea leaves all her life. As the eldest member of her group of female workers, she is called Amma, or mother. At lunchtime Amma prepares black chai over a fire of twigs with tea dust provided by a nearby factory. (BBC news magazine).

 

CHAI woman - larger

 

Tea is India’s most popular drink – 837,000 tonnes of it are consumed every year. The ritual of drinking chai
transcends all boundaries, and roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve it boiled up with spices, sugar and milk.

Born on a tea estate in Kotagiri in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Rukmani has been plucking tea leaves all her life. As the eldest member of her group of female workers, she is called Amma, or mother. At lunchtime Amma prepares black chai over a fire of twigs with tea dust provided by a nearby factory. (BBC news magazine).

 

Paul’s Best chai:DSC_09131

  • Assam tea,
  • ground cardamom seeds,
  • star aniseed or liquorice,
  • fresh ginger,
  • cloves (few),
  • white pepper,
  • jiggery gaur (the light version).

 

 

Only at the end when brew is ready add milk – in addition for extra creamy taste use evaporated milk!…… Do not boil again, or it will curdle!

Sorry no measurements – as this chai wallah works only by instinct.

 

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