Start your day on the right track by using this recipe to make a cup of adrak ki chai, a spicy Indian version of ginger tea. Although coffee is the morning beverage of choice for the average American, tea is extremely popular throughout Asia -- from China to the Indian subcontinent. While tea generally contains a lower amount of caffeine than coffee does, this particular kind of tea has a reputation for revitalizing the sluggish because of its spice content.
This recipe for adrak ki chai stands out because it is a homemade concoction. Use it to make two cups of delicious tea or double the ingredients to make a larger amount.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk (whole)
- 3 teaspoons tea leaves
- 1-inch piece ginger
- Sugar to taste
- To make adrak ki chai tea, you'll first mix the milk and water in a deep pan and bring them to a boil on a high flame. You can use low-fat milk but full-cream tastes best.
- When the milk and water mixture begins to rise to a boil, you'll need to add the ginger, which should be grated into tiny pieces, and reduce the heat to a low flame or simmer. You should be able to find fresh ginger in the produce section of most grocery stores
- When the milk and water mixture rises to a boil once again, you'll need to add the tea leaves. Then, allow the mixture to rise and turn off the flame. You don't want to sacrifice taste here. Go for strong teas like assam, darjeeling, nilgiri or ceylon for the best flavor. If these teas aren't readily available at your local grocery store, try ordering them online from specialty tea merchants.
- After heating the mixture, you'll cover the tea and allow it to brew for two minutes.
- Filter through a strainer. Then, add whatever amount of sugar suits your taste. You can also use a sugar substitute, such as honey or agave. Next, try this delicious beverage, but remember to take a quick test sip rather than a huge gulp to make sure the tea isn't too hot and won't burn you.