Do you love chai, but you don’t have the patience to wait for tea to steep? Maybe you are the only one who wants chai, and you’re not sure how to make it without making a big batch. Well, here you will find a step by step guide to making a single cup of chai. Traditional Indian chai, well let’s just say I have never met an Indian that made chai using a tea kettle. Nor have I ever met an Indian that served it in a tea pot, except for maybe when there are super special guests in the house. It is made on the stove, strained directly into cups, then served on a platter. Nothing fancy, nothing laborious. Just simple, quick, tasty chai.
- 1 mug…1/2 water and 1/2 milk, separated
- 2 cloves
- 2 cardamom pods, slightly bitten
- little piece of cinnamon
- 2 peppercorns
- 1/8 tsp ginger grated, or even ginger paste
- 1 spoon of tea
- sugar to taste
In a saucepan, add the spices and tea. What I mean by slightly bitten, is to take the cardamom pod, put it in your mouth, and slightly crack it with your teeth. Fill your mug half way with water. Pour the water in the saucepan and bring it to a slow boil.
Fill your mug half way with milk, pour it into the boiling water. Slowly bring the milk to boil. Once it starts to boil, it will rise to the top. When it starts rising, take the pot off the heat and let the milk go back down. Repeat the rising process 3 times. Use a strainer and pour into your mug, and enjoy your single cup of chai.
Let’s say there are three people wanting chai. All you would do is fill 1.5 mugs of water, and 1.5 mugs of milk. You don’t really need to double the spices or tea, but you can, especially if you like strong chai.