Without a doubt, my mom makes the best chai. Sure, you may think I’m biased, but I’m not the only one who thinks so. In fact, when we go to other people’s houses, she is in charge of making the tea.
Everyone has their own way of making chai. Some stick to the basics – water, tea bags and you’re done. Others use spices ranging from fennel, cinnamon, cardamom and even ginger. My mom keeps it simple. To make tea her way, you need tea bags, cardamom and evaporated milk.
To make two cups of chai, take 2 cups of water along with 1 tea bag and place in a pot. Take 1 cardamom pod and open up the shell a little bit. Bring these ingredients to a boil. Once boiling, add 1/3 cup of evaporated milk and let the tea simmer for a little while. I think this simmering is key to making a fantastic cup of chai. My mom doesn’t add sugar to the pot, rather customizing it for each person since the amount is such a personal thing. If you prefer to add sugar to the whole pot, you can add it when you add the milk. Mom always strains the tea, whether using loose leaf or bag, ensuring the perfect creamy cuppa.
Ever since she discovered Tea India, my mom won’t use any other brand. She says its a nice strong tea and the flavour is one that can’t compare to others. They have a variety of flavours from Orange Pekoe, Masala, Cardamom and Ginger. They offer their teas in both loose leaf form as well as tea bags.
Want to try Tea India for yourself? You can win a Tea India mug with a couple samples of their loose leaf tea. Let me know how you like your tea – black, milky, iced, in latte form. Leave a comment below, or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Contest closes Saturday, June 18th, 2016.