No, you don't need instructions on how to make tea. Boil water. Add ingredients. Done. I'm sure you have your own, perfect, delicious way of making it. I'm writing this entry not to tell you how to make tea, but for two selfish reasons:
1) This is the best tea I've ever made myself
2) I like how the pictures came out.
I always thought that chai was just the Hindi word for tea, and I still maintain that. Maybe there are differences in what's added to each thing. To me, chai has to have some milk and other yumminess to it. There are so many ways of making tea/chai. I used to make tea simply, by adding boiling water with dried tea leaves in it, then adding honey as needed to sweeten it. No milk, no spices. However, my favorite kind of tea also has milk in it. My friend Naz was over last night, and feeling a little under the weather. I used this as an excuse to try making this tea for her, and I made it again this morning.
- Dried tea leaves
- 2 cloves
- dash of cinnamon (really, just a dash - cinnamon has a strong flavor and you don't want to overpower the tea flavor)
- 3 tsp sugar (for 2 cups of tea)
Boil water (Stay with me guys, I know that was hard). In a separate bowl, add tea leaves, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar. Add water to bowl and let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes. Add milk (don't add too much - add about 1/4 the amount of milk as you have water). Aisha aunty does it this way and it tastes better than adding everything to the water as it boils. Use a sieve to filter out the tea leaves and cloves, and enjoy. I'm going to make this tea all winter long.
I know this is the most earth shattering, complicated recipe to date :)