Anan Amas (chaiwala) wrote in cchhaaii,
Anan Amas

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Everyone here is talking about powders and pre-made chai but it's really easy to make your own, and it expresses your own personality and you can change it from day to day depending how you feel. I just got back from 100 days in india and nepal and I'm on a chai high.

So my chai typically includes:

water, soymilk mixed about 50/50
whole black peppercorns
cardamom (whole pods)
nutmeg (fresh grated from the nut)
cinnamon (grated from a cinnamon stick)
ginger (sliced or grated, fresh)
sucanat (which is evaporated sugar cane juice, like a whole sugar)
black tea
one all-important grain of sea salt

It's great stuff! I make it every morning and put it in a nice old stanley thermos that keeps it hot all day. I'm a carpenter and I stop now and then during the day to drink the chai, especially now during the winter. Sometimes I smoke a bidi then too and it's just like being back in India.

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