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The Perfect Ginger Chai

Its official. My wife has crowned me the best Ginger tea maker . For a loving , dotting husband that is a real wonderful certificate bestowed ! So I don’t mind making endless cups of tea for my wife even if she would request a cup of strong piping hot chai at the oddest hours , buziest hours  or the laziest hours . I feel I have become sort of self addicted to my own brew of tea that cups of chai made by others fail to excite my taste buds oflate.

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage

~Catherine Douzel

Truly said ! Sipping Tea , I don’t know about others but it does makes me drift away to a world of my own. Sitting on an window side on a rainy day and sipping a cup of tea , reading a novel over a cup of chai , brooding with a cup of tea for a company sure does take one to an imaginary voyage ,  I guess you would agree !

Art of brewing the finest Ginger tea :

tea cup



Ok , now for all those husbands , wives , boy friends , girl friends , just friends and simpletons and singletons who want to impress others or impress themselves with a great cup of perfect ginger chai , read further , I am going to share my chai secret. The procedure may seem simple and common but it guarantees a special cup !

For one cup of Chai :

Step 1 : Boil half cup of water .

Step 2 : Take half inch finger sized ginger . Crush it . We have a kharal ( mortar and pestle ) to crush it . If you cannot find it , use the base of steel cup or any other hygienically handy  kitchen tool  that would serve the purpose of crushing.

Step 3 : Add the crushed ginger to the boiling water.

Step 4 : Allow the water to simmer in low flame for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5 : Add 1 tea spoon of tea leaves. I prefer TATA Premium Tea leaves.

Step 6 : Allow the tea leaves to simmer further 2-3 minutes.

Step 7 : Add sugar of your choice. Personally , I don’t like my chai to taste too sugary. So make sure you don’t over indulge on sugar in tea and allow it to over power the natural flavour of tea leaves.

Step 8 : Finally , add  half cup of milk.

Step 9 : Allow it to boil . Once the milk raises , reduce the flame of the stove and allow it to simmer for a minute or two.

Step 10 : Switch off the stove . Use a strainer and pour your garam perfect chai in your favourite cup . Enjoy the drink !

Simple isn’t it ? Oh well , I forgot to share the most important ingredients . Love and Patience. Yes , they are the simple but the vital secret of the best cup of chai . Love for making chai or for that matter whatever you venture in your kitchen and patience to see through the entire process. The love within you transcends to your cup of chai and adds to that special taste in the cup of joy !

So do tell me how you enjoyed your cup of wonderful chai !

If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.


0 16 June, 2009 Food Recipe June 16, 2009

About the author

He is the lead man of GingerChai and plays the multi role of chief author, editor, business development and also of a chaiwala! (Tea maker!) He is the master brewer at Ginger Chai.

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  1. bravojohnny

    I too like ginger tea and my frnds like it the way I make except the sugar part. I like more sugar and my frnds less sugar to I prepare tea with less sugar( as per my std) and put extra sugar only in my cup. 😀

  2. Purba

    I am a big cheat. I just take Brooke Bond’s “Nature care” tea boil it with milk and water with a dash of ginger.

    Looking forward to having your version:))

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