My husband is Pakistani, so the "chai" is most popular after dinner and in the mornings. My mother in law tought me how to make it so its authentic. She however, makes it from the gorund black tea, Im trying out the black leaves and see hwo it tastes. But I don know for sure 8 minutes wont do it.
Authentic indian tea is quite strong. The milk is added to make it creamy and smooth out the sharp edge. 1st you take Cinnamon,cloves,ginger, and pepper and grind them( you can leave them whole, but they are best ground and fresh). in a small pot you t Boil them with water(3cups) until you can see the water change in color(from the spices). after it boils, add the tea (with the stove off) let it sit for about 10 minutes,(by this time you should have a little over half the water you started out with) then add the milk(evaporated or half and half) and bring to a quick boil. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes, then serve =o) sweeten to taste.
Nothingout there tastes like the real stuff, take it from me. There is no short cut to it. No powder, mix, tea bag or anything that can make it taste right. We are all here cuz we love tea and love to taste the best most authentic flavors right? so Please dont use the regular gallon milk as it brings no justice to the wonderful flavor. Also try not to overpower with too much cinnamon or too much pepper, its not supposed to be "spicy" just perfectly blended.
I know that everyone has different taste buds. Im just telling you how to make it the right way. Since Ive been married Ive tasted alot of different "chai" cuz different women in the family make it. They all taste unique but have everything in common. I was lucky to have an authentic recipe passed down to me and Im more than happy to share!
Enjoy! if you have any questions let me kno!
For those of you who dont know:
Chai means "Tea" in Hindi and Urdu
Pakistani poeple speak Urdu, Inidans speak Hindi
Urdu and Hindi are spoken the same and written differently
Pakistan and India were once one country (thats why the pople dress similarly and eat very similar food)
srry I thought I should give some facts, It's nice to know the origin of the tea =o) and settle some known confusion
Last edited by LeilaLuv
on Apr 5th, '06, 02:57, edited 1 time in total.