Thursday, December 28, 2006

Beverages / Indian Drinks Exclusively TEA

Indian Masala Chai

1-1/4 cup milk previously boiled
3/4 cup water2-1/4 tsp.
sugar1-1/2 tsp.
CTC tea1/4 tsp.
chai masala powder1 cardamom smashed freshly

1.Heat water.
2.Add tea leaves, simmer for 2-3 minutes till water is dark brown.
3.Add cardamom, chai masala, sugar, and boil for 1 more minute.
4.Add milk, bring to a boil again. Simmer till colour is as per your taste.
5.Take off fire, cover, and stand for 1 minute. Strain with a tea strainer.
6.Pour into teacups, serve piping hot with biscuits.
7.Biscuits like glucose, graham, marie, etc. can be dipped in this tea and eaten with relish.

Making time: 6-7 minutesMakes: 2 teacups medium

Ginger Tea


1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 inch ginger
crushed2 pinches cardamom2
tsp. sugar1-1/2 tsp.
CTC tea leaves

1.Bring water to boil.
2.Add ginger, cardamom, tea and simmer for a minute.
3.Add milk, sugar and boil till desired colour is obtained.
4.Cover and stand for a minute
.5.Strain into cups while piping hot.6.Serve hot with sweet biscuits, pastries, or even doughnuts.

Making time: 5 minutesMakes: 2 cups

Ajwain Ki Chai

1 water1 cup
milk1-1/2 tsp.
CTC tea leaves2 tsp.
sugar1/4 tsp.
ajwain or omum seeds
1 pinch cinnamon powder


1.Heat water, add seeds, tea, cinnamon.
2.Simmer for 1 minute.
3.Add sugar, milk, stir.
4.Allow to boil, and simmer till colour is as desired.
5.Stand cover for 1 minutes, to brew.
6.Strain and serve piping hot.
7.Serve hot with biscuits, khakra (refer recipe index), etc.

Making time: 5 minutesMakes: 2 cups

Iced Tea

1 cup water1 tsp.
CTC tea leaves1/2 tsp.
orange pekoe tea leavessugar as per taste
1 cardamom crushed
1 round slice lemon with peel

1.Bring water to boil.
2.Add both leaves, sugar and cardamom.
3.Cover and stand for 5-7 minutes.
4.Stir well, strain liquid, cool.
5.Add 4-5 cubes crushed ice in glass.
6.Beat cooled decoction with electric beater.
7.Pour over crushed ice, add lemon slice.
8.Serve chilled.

aking time: 15 minutes (excluding cooling time)
Makes: 1 glass iced tea.

Sulemani Chai (tea)

1 water
1/2 tsp.
tea dust
1 thin round slice lemon (with peel)
1 tsp. sugar

1.Bring water to boil, add dust.
2.Cover, and stand to brew for 3-4 minutes.
3.Put sugar in teacup.
4.Strain tea with thin muslin cloth.
5.Pour into cup, add lemon slice.
6.Stir and serve hot with fried snacks, biscuits, etc.

Making time: 5-7 minutes
Makes: 1 cup

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