now here is a post which has been in the drafts for about three years!!!
everything was ready except the pics from a dslr camera. i had old pics from point & shoot which i did not want to add. so finally at last took the pics from my canon camera….
this is a beverage i make everyday – ginger tea or chai… and look how long it has taken me to take pics of this one…..
ginger tea is a very common indian beverage made from tea leaves and fresh ginger. its also called as adrak chai or adrak wali chai in india. the aroma, flavor and taste of ginger is something we are extremely fond of in our tea. ginger also has a lot of health benefits.
tea is one beverage that is made in all homes in india. first i would make the tea with milk. now i make tea with cashew or soy milk. i don’t add almond milk as i don’t like the taste of almond milk in tea. with cashew milk, you won’t even come to know that the tea is made in it and not regular milk.
there are a few variations of tea made in india. some spices are added to the tea thus making it a masala chai. you can also use a chai spice blend know as masala chai powder. there is also mint tea or pudina chai and tulsi tea, which is made from fresh mint leaves and tulsi leaves (holy basil) respectively. also, a combination of both ginger and mint can be used while making tea.
nowadays i make tea with ginger, cardamom and lemon grass leaves. this concoction helps to alleviate migraine. a herbal remedy which i learnt after my visit to sahakari spice farm in goa. you can make this herbal tea with or without tea leaves. i make mine with tea leaves. sometimes i also add ground cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg & cloves to this tea… and occasionally some mint or tulsi leaves.
its due to this everyday tea, that no one at home suffers from cold or cough problems even when the winter was at the very peak this year. the stomach as well as the digestive faculty stays good too.
in this post, i share the recipe of a simple homemade ginger tea with cardamom. the amount of ginger can be varied. if you really like to have a strong taste of ginger, than add more ginger.
ginger tea recipe details below:
- 4 cups water
- 3-4 black tea bags or 3-4 tsp black tea leaves
- 2 inch ginger for a strong taste or 1 inch ginger for a milder taste, peeled & either crushed or grated.
- 3-4 cardamom, crushed or powdered in a mortar-pestle(optional)
- ½ to ¾ cup regular milk or cashew milk or soy milk – add more if you want a milky tea
- 8 tsp unrefined organic cane sugar or add more for more sweetness
- In a saucepan or kettle, add the water, ginger and crushed cardamom with the peel.
- boil this water-ginger-cardamom mixture for a good 6-7 minutes, till the color of the water changes to a mild yellowish hue. the ginger releases its juices & flavors in the water and thus the color of the water changes.
- add sugar and simmer for a more of 1-2 minutes.
- now add the tea leaves or tea bags and simmer for 2-3 minutes till the water gets a deep hue of red.
- add milk. simmer the tea for 2-3 minutes if using regular milk or soy milk.
- if using cashew milk or almond milk, then just stir the cashew milk with tea and remove from pan as otherwise heating further would cause the cashew or almond milk to become slimy and separate.
- strain the tea through a strainer right into the cups.
- serve the hot ginger tea or chai or adrak chai with indian snacks like pakoras or samosas. you could also serve the ginger tea with biscuits or cookies.