Monday, August 17, 2009

MckLinky Blog Hop--The Perfect Cuppa Chai

Whenever someone, really anyone, comes over to my house, I make Chai.

It is tradition and everyone knows it.

I look for any and every opportunity to make chai.

It all started when we lived in India. I was domestic. Everyone else was an engineer or an architect. By making chai, I fit in.

So, though much counseling over chai with my therapist, I have come to realize that I make chai obsessively because it makes me feel comfortable, important, needed. It welcomes guests.

It welcomes me into my quiet times with God.

The Perfect Cuppa Chai
(the proportions are really to my tastes--play around with it)

1/2 mug water
1/2 mug whole milk (raw tastes better)
fresh, peeled ginger (about the size of your fingernail)
spoonful of loose Assam black tea (or any STRONG black tea)
spoonful of raw honey (or sugar)

OPTIONAL: You can add a few cardamon pods, cloves, and cinnamon bark to the boiling water and ginger for Masala Chai or Special Chai.

Bring water and ginger to a boil. Add tea and let steep until desired strength. Add milk and bring mixture to almost boiling. Watch out that the chai doesn't boil over (not that I have ever done this)! Strain solids. Add raw honey to desired sweetness.

And if you don't have time. Dump everything together (minus the tea) until the liquid boils. Then add tea and steep until it because a dark tan. Strain solids.

Don't forget to put all the tea leaves and solids (that sounds gross) in your compost bin!

Homemade chai is cheaper than buying a box of pre-made Chai at the grocery store or a national coffee chain.

So it fits in with my granola lifestyle. Maybe I should add this post to my sidebar!

MckLinky Blog Hop


the brown couch said...

Here from the hop!


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confused homemaker said...

this makes me want to make a cup right now. chai is so soothing, i grew to really love curling up with a cup & a book some years back.

Kari said...

Looks amazing! Will definitely try this. I'm more of a 'make stuff from scratch and quality ingredients' person myself. Over the past 15 years I have changed my diet, exercise, recycling and composting ideals, birthing methods, etc. and people have asked if I'm a 'granola' (no offense, but they are big in Colorado, especially in Boulder which isn't far from me). Always shocks people when I tell them, 'I'm a Christian and I just do things more the way God intended for us to do them'. Isn't it also wonderful to find that when we do it that way, everything is 100% better, healthier, safer, etc.? Enjoyed reading through some of your blogs. Thanks for stopping by mine today :o)