Chai Garam

March 28th, 2011

Garam Chai # 1

I was shooting some other food when it suddenly got dark, cloudy, & rainy, the typical Seattle flip of the weather we get in any given day.

So I poured my chai into a few different glasses, kinda like a chaiwala would in India and got creative :) I like the light and the drama here. What do you think? This is how I make it — my easy recipe for fresh Ginger Maple Chai.

You can keep it simple as recipe below or add cardamom as my mother likes it, or add mint leaves as I like it in summer.

I used:
1.5 cups water
1 tablespoon freshly grated, peeled ginger root
1 teaspoon loose Indian black tea (like Assam or Darjeeling)
1/4 cup organic milk (for a vegan substitute, use soy milk)
sugar to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
4-5 fresh mint leaves, washed

My method:
1. In a small sauce pan, boil water and ginger until roughly a half cup of water boils off.
2. Add the milk, loose black tea, cardamom, and bring it to a boil again.
3. Turn the heat down, tear and toss in mint leaves, let it simmer for a minute or two or until you get a little color from the tea. This will be quick, so watch to make sure the chai doesn’t boil over! When ready, strain into a cup.
4. Stir in the maple syrup, and drink it hot!

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4 Responses to “Chai Garam”

  1. Sneige says:

    Chai latte, masala chai, garam chai, do they all mean the same?
    I thought it was called masala chai and I was planning to blog it under that name …
    Oh, I am wondering how could I have stayed away from this amazing drink for so long! Unbelievable!
    This drink needs its tribute to be paid! It ranks among the best drinks I have ever tried!

  2. Perfect to suit the weather, mood and taste buds….

  3. The first shot with the vapour dew on the glasses …. beautiful ! Now to its become tooooo hot to have garam chai here …. now its only iced teas and lassis !
    I hope the weather is better for you there

  4. Arch says:

    Been a while and what a lovely post:-) Making an effort to check out my fav blogs:-)