Friday, February 27, 2015

Chai Tea At The Mermaid House

My Father passed away on Christmas day and I have been too sad to write about
the mermaid house.
Spring is coming and some time has passed.   I am treading carefully.

In the early 1980’s my Indian friend, Kavita Vaswani taught me to make a traditional Chai Masala Tea.
Sadly I have lost touch with Kavita (she is such a lovely person) but I still make Chai tea and think of her.
This is my version, which is non-dairy and avoids overuse of my hands yet still uses traditional ingredients.
Fresh peeled piece of raw root ginger
2 T. whole green cardamom pods
1T. whole cloves
1T. black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cups of water
4 bags Assam tea   (not the finest version)
Honey and/or raw sugar to taste
2 cups of nondairy milk of choice for the hot version
Or Organic Coconut Milk Creamer to taste for the cold version
Combine the first six ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Then bring liquid to a boil and simmer gently.  
  When the cardamom pods soften, I use a wooden spoon to press the pods against the pot to free the black seeds. After 10 minutes remove from heat.  Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
Discard tea bags.  Add raw sugar and/or honey to taste.
For hot tea:
You may add the nondairy milk of your choice.  Or you can throw caution to the wind
by adding whole milk.   Bring tea to simmer over high heat until the sugar dissolves.
Strain the tea into a pot and serve hot.
For cold tea:
Do not add milk.  After adding sugar, strain the tea into a large pitcher.  After the tea cools
It is delicious served over ice with the coconut milk creamer poured over the top to taste.
Remember, black pepper and cinnamon are natural anti-inflammatories. 

                                                                   Charm of Home
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  1. I must try this recipe. It sounds delicious. I am so sorry to hear about your dear father. Mine passed away in September, and then my mother-in-law passed away on Boxing Day, so I understand some of what you are going through. Give yourself time to grieve and then little by little let the sunshine back in. Have a lovely week. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your father.

    The tea looks delicious.

  3. So sorry about your father! The tea looks delicious! Have a happy day!

  4. That chai looks refreshing with all those spices. It's so sweet that everytime you make Masala
    chai, you think of your friend who taught you how to make it. :) You've probably looked her up on social media, already.

    Those are some amazing pictures, I must say.
    Sorry about your loss. Take care.

  5. Sorry about your loss. The chai looks delicious.

  6. I'm sorry about the loss of your father at such a special time of year. I like chai but have never thought about making it myself, your ingredients and method look easy.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  7. I still miss the physical presence of my dad who died over 30 years ago. I like to think that the first white butterfly that I might see in a day is him saying hello to me. A big warm hug to you. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  8. Condolences on your father's passing. I am not a tea drinker, but this sounds delicious. I might have to give it a try!

  9. So sorry to hear about your loss. Hope everyday gets a little easier for you. The tea sounds so good.