Chai Tea the Simple, Quick, and Delicious Way!

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Total Time
15mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a fast and simple way to make a large pot of Chai tea for company or to put in the fridge for a weeks worth of Iced Chai! This recipe comes from Vikram Vij's brilliant Indian Cookbook, found here http://www.amazon.ca/Vijs-Elegant-Inspired-Indian-Cuisine/dp/1553651847. I have changed the method and measurements slightly. This is a very basic recipe that is open to extensive modification. Try it with whole allspice, cloves, a cinnamon stick, or even dried apple peices! The possibilities are endless! I do this on the stovetop, but it would also be very possible to boil the water in a kettle first. I find allowing the spices to sit in the water as it boils enhances the flavour.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Split open each cardamom pod but do not peel.
  2. Add cardamom pods to medium-to-large saucepan along with fennel and water.
  3. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Turn stove on to high heat and bring mixture to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, turn off heat. Add the teabags and let steep for about 1-2 minutes (or longer depending on how strong you like your tea).
  6. Once steeped, add milk (if using).
  7. Pour the mixture into teacups with a tea strainer or filter to filter out the whole spices. (Unless you really enjoy a mouthful of cardamom! (I know I do.)).
  8. Enjoy!
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