Ah, chai, garam, garam, chai. It means tea, hot, hot, tea. We hear it chanted in India on railway station platforms, in the corridors of trains, at bus stands and from the chai wallahs sitting at their stall.
Chai, garam, garam, chai surely ranks as the most widely used and best loved mantra in India.
Garam chai is easy to make and tastes delicious. It is now widely available in the coffee shops in the West.
Recipe for Chai
- Wash, peel and crush the ginger in a mortar pestle or grate. Or use a teaspoon of ginger powder, though not as fresh.
- Crush four or five green cardamoms in a mortar-pestle
- Fill up a large cup with oat milk and pour into small saucepan.
- Add a teaspoon of tea, cardamoms and ginger
- Add half a cinnamon stick or a small dash of cinnamon powder
- A sprinkling of nutmeg powder.
- Bring to boil using a low heat and leave to simmer
- Use whisk to stir contents.
- Leave for a couple of minutes to brew
- Use strainer to pour slowly into cup
- Serve hot.
- OM to Chai