STOVE TOP CHAI

I traveled to India in the winter of 2011 with a deep appreciation of the culture and traditions of this spiritual land. What I didn’t know is how completely I would fall in love with the flavors of India. If you haven’t been, you’ve probably heard that India is an assault on the senses. Colors, sounds, and smells penetrate you in every moment; some pleasing, some not so pleasing. Amidst the onslaught, you can find a chai wala on almost every street corner, masterfully brewing sweet cups of chai all day long. This, along with many other things, is how I fell in love with India. And it’s one of the things I made sure to bring back with me upon return. Here’s a recipe using our traditional and spicy chai blend, to bring the flavors of India intimately into your home. Enjoy. And make often.

Gather your Ingredients. Yields 2 servings – 1 C spring water 1 C whole milk 1 T l&f chai blend 1-2 T unrefined sugar (or to taste)

Gather your Ingredients. Yields 2 servings –

1 C spring water
1 C whole milk
1 T l&f chai blend
1-2 T unrefined sugar (or to taste)

To make traditional chai you mustn't steep, but simmer. Simmering is the key. 

To make traditional chai you mustn't steep, but simmer. Simmering is the key. 

In a pot, bring 1 C water to a boil, then turn to a simmer. 

In a pot, bring 1 C water to a boil, then turn to a simmer. 

Add 1 T chai blend and continue to simmer for 2 minutes. 

Add 1 T chai blend and continue to simmer for 2 minutes. 

Once tea and spices have infused, add 1 C whole milk. 

Once tea and spices have infused, add 1 C whole milk. 

And 1-2 T sugar. Bring back up to a boil. Watch closely so it doesn't boil over. Let foam begin to form and let the tea rise slowly, then quickly remove from heat. 

And 1-2 T sugar. Bring back up to a boil. Watch closely so it doesn't boil over. Let foam begin to form and let the tea rise slowly, then quickly remove from heat. 

With a fine sieve, strain tea and spices and pour chai for yourself, and any guests. 

With a fine sieve, strain tea and spices and pour chai for yourself, and any guests.