Friday, May 3, 2013

Ginger-Cardamom Tea | Adrak-Elaichi Chai

Ginger-Cardamom Tea
I've been a tea-drinker ever since I can remember.Of course,at home it shuffled between Coffee and tea since I believe amma makes out of this world Bru coffee,I always want a cup of tea for a real pep-me-up when I am tired or sleepy.Ajay being a true-blue tea lover meant it was the given choice of beverage in our house,any time.

I am not particular when it comes to the kind of tea I love.Amma makes a milky tea whereas my friend makes an awesome watery tea with just a dash of milk.I take the middle path adding equal amount of milk and water.Seriously,if it is tea,I am game.Since we have tea at least 2-3 times a day,I think of ways to make it taste different every time.
Ginger-Cardamom Tea-ingredients
Adding masala,or cardamom or ginger is a great way to make the tea delicious.Though we do prefer plain tea in the mornings,for the evening chai,some spice is allowed:)Some Parle-G or Good day biscuits on the side is truly the icing on the cake!

Ginger-Cardamom Tea | Adrak-Elaichi Chai


Ginger - 1 small piece[about 1/2'],peeled and washed thoroughly
Cardamom - 2,whole
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Tea leaves - 2 tsp[I use Taj Mahal,always have-always will!]


Ginger-Cardamom Tea-step1 
Crush together ginger and cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle.
Ginger-Cardamom Tea-step2 
In a saucepan add the crushed ginger-cardamom and water.Let it come to a boil.Add sugar to taste.
Ginger-Cardamom Tea-step3 
When it comes to a rolling boil add tea leaves.Simmer and add milk.
Ginger-Cardamom Tea-step4 
Let it simmer for 1 minute.Strain and serve.
Ginger-Cardamom Tea

Some tips to make the perfect cup of tea
  • Add the tea leaves to the water only when it has come to a rolling boil.This makes sure all the flavour of the tea leaves gets released into the water.Some prefer to switch off the flame and cover the pan with a lid and let the flavours infuse,that is also a good method.
  • I prefer adding equal amount of water and milk but you can add as much or as less milk as you prefer.
  • Same goes with the sugar.Add or reduce according to your choice.You can skip adding the sugar while making the tea if you prefer adding it to your cup while serving.
  • Do not simmer the tea for more than 1 minute as it will make the tea stronger and in turn bitter.Add 1 tsp of tea leaves per cup and simmer for 1 minute and you will get perfectly brewed tea.Not too strong and not too light.
Some snacks which pair perfectly well with a cup of tea -


  1. This is exactly what I want on a cool, rainy spring day !

  2. lovely refreshing tea with awesome clicks.

  3. The Ginger and Cardamon Tea is nice and looking like it is Darjeeling Tea Thanks. Nice post.

  4. hai
    always loved this type of tea but i did the same a couple of times but unfortunately after i add my milk to the boiling tea water it starts to curdle.what could hav gone wrong????

    1. Does it happen always or once?Usually milk curdles when it is not fresh and when it gets into contact with direct heat[boiling water] it curdles.I usually boil milk and keep in the fridge and whenever required add directly to the boiling water for tea.You could also mix water and milk and then make tea-follow the same directions.

  5. My favourite and I have only this way daily.Lovely clicks :)

  6. I love masala chai but I am not so good at making it well. My sister maked great chai with tea masala, ginger, cardamom and sugar...I love it paired with britannia digestive biscuits!


  7. My favo! :) Lovely presentation with parle g :)

  8. This is my first time go to see at here and i am genuinely pleasant to read everything at one place. I love masala chai a lot.


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