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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Basic Tea / Chai

Hello there, folks!

Everyone must know how to make Tea. If you don't, then I suggest you go make yourself a cup right after reading this post. It is a basic necessity for most of us! :-D 
While it is not advisable to drink a lot of tea in a day, a small cup won't do any harm. Most people drink tea at night to keep themselves awake or in the morning to jump-start their day. Neither of the times is advisable. Tea in the morning masks your hunger {eventually leading to overeating & weight gain}. Tea at night causes acidity in the morning! However, if drunk at the right time, it can be amazing! The best time to have your tea is in the evening along with a healthy snack.

There are many ways of making tea. I'll get to the different types one by one. But in this post, I'm gonna talk about the basic ginger tea.

To make 2 cups of Tea
You'll need -
Tea Leaves - 2-3 teaspoon {Add more if you want a strong taste}
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 2-3 teaspoons {More or Less as per your taste}
Ginger - 1 inch
Cardamom / Elaichi powder- 1 teaspoon {if you don't have the powder, either grind in a blender OR smash the cardamom roughly.}
Milk - 3/4 cup {If you want more milk, decrease the water & vice versa}

Method -
1. You don't need to peel the ginger skin. Just wash it well & smash it roughly {or cut into fine pieces}. Same goes for cardamom/elaichi (in case you don't have the powder)
2. In a saucepan, put the water, tea leaves/powder, ginger, cardamom & let it boil. (takes about 1-2 minutes)
3. Some people prefer to have their tea without the milk. In that case, just filter out the tea into a teacup, add the sugar & have it.
4. If you like your tea with milk, add the milk once the water-tea leaves mixture comes to a boil. Then, let it boil in low flame until it rises. Switch of the flame, pour into a cup, add sugar & enjoy! ☺

** Initially, add the sugar afterwards. But once you know how much sugar you take, you can add the sugar along with the tea leaves in the beginning. It dissolves completely!

P.S: Will upload pictures by tomorrow!

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