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Chai (Indian Tea) - 2c

a2, beverage, mideast

1/4 teaspoon cardamom
5 whole cloves
3 teaspoons loose tea
3 cups water
  chopped ginger

To make about 3 cups of tea, try the following:

Lightly crush approximately. 1/4 tsp. cardamom seeds and 5 cloves. Combine
the spices with 3 rounded tsp. loose tea. (The original writer suggested
pelleted Nirav brand in the bag, which should be easy to get from an Indian
market--but notes that any other loose tea, Kroger-brand or Lipton, should
do.) Bring 3 cups water to a boil and add a small piece of ginger,
chopped, allowing it to boil in the water for a couple of minutes, for
flavor. Take the water off the heat, then add the tea/spice mixture. Cover
and let it steep for about 8 minutes, then pour off the tea, through a
strainer if necessary (apparently the pelleted Nirav tea sinks to the
bottom, so it doesn't need to be strained - I can't comment on this as I am
not familiar with this brand of tea). Serve with milk and sweetener of
your choice.

You could try using star anise and cinnamon, you can crush them and add
them to the spice/tea mixture (you'll have to play with the amounts).
Maybe, you could add dried ginger to the spice/tea mix, rather than fresh
ginger or even ground cloves.

The spice proportions for a larger quantity of mix shouldn't be difficult
to determine from the basic recipe--for example, to a dry cup of tea, you
might add 4 tsp. crushed cardamom seeds.

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Per serving: 7 Calories (kcal); trace Total Fat; (3% calories from fat);
trace Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 24mg Sodium Food
Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0
Other Carbohydrates

NOTES : Chai is made from: black teas from India and Sri Lanka, cinnamon,
cloves, cardamom, ginger, star anise, natural flavors. You steep 1 tsp of
this in 1 cup of water, then add soy milk and honey to taste.

Yield: 1 serving

Preparation Time: 0:00

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