My morning is incomplete without adrak elaichi wali chai and the aroma of elaichi (green cardamom) and flavor of ginger. The aroma, flavor and taste of ginger is something I extremely fond of in my tea. Ginger also has a lot of health benefits.
In India, the term “Chai” means tea. Since most Indians drink tea boiled with milk and sugar the word has become synonymous with milk tea. There are several variations and the names usually indicate the condiment used with the tea. But two important ingredients are – ginger (adrak) and green cardamom (elaichi).
A “Masala Chai” is a chai tea with milk and a hint of spices – cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon mostly. Saunf wali chai is the same milk tea flavored with fennel seeds. The main difference between chai and masala tea is the addition of spices. Chai is black tea and hot milk, while Masala tea will combine black tea, milk and a few spices. Everyone has a preference when it comes to chai. Some prefer more milk or no milk, some prefer a strong, some prefer with sugar or without sugar or with gur (jaggery ). Being a Pahadi, Chai is like a drug to us – whatever the time maybe we are always ready for having a good cup of tea because “One cuppa chai is all we need”.
But one nice thing about making chai is, that while brewing it in a pot, the aroma of spices will fill the air and make you anticipate the delicious drink soon to be enjoyed. I can sip chai throughout the day. I prefer chai with food, or as a dessert with tea time cake or dried fruits in short with anything :).
It is really a tasty and fulfilling drink when you enjoy with your family and friends. “Friendship and tea… Millions of bits & a lot of hot water make a good, strong brew.“
I have amazing my Chai partners and strangely I find myself sharing my innermost secrets with them over a cup of chai. Sometimes, I feel there is some sort of mental connection that chai lovers share between them.
Adrak Elaichi Chai | Ginger Cardamom Tea | My Favorite Beverage
Start your day on the right track by using this recipe to make a cup of Adrak Elaichi ki chai. Chai is served hot and warms your body up especially during monsoons and cold winters. This tea helps clears up your sinus and is a great drink to have when you have sore throat or a cold. It is also good for digestion.
For 2 Cups
Water – 1 & 1/2 cups
Milk – 3/4 cup
Tea powder – 1 tsp
Grated ginger – 1 inch
Crushed Black pepper – 2
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
White or brown sugar – 2 tsp
- Heat water in a saucepan and allow it to boil.
- Add tea powder, crushed black pepper with ginger. Boil it for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add milk and simmer for 8 minutes. Add sugar and green cardamom powder.
- Again simmer for 3 minutes. Then switch off the flame.
- Filter prepared chai into cups and serve with biscuits.
Tips : Adjust sugar according to your taste.