I am not a tea lover or tea addict. But I love experimenting with new flavours of tea. Though one cup of tea is all have in a day, I experiment a lot with it. I sometimes add ginger or cardamom or both with some cloves and cardamom. Mint tea, lemon tea, Hot Chocolate Masala Chai, Hyderabadi Dum ki Chai and flavoured iced teas are my favourites since sometime now….Our today’s recipe Cardamom Tea is result of one such experiment.
Though I prefer to have my cup of tea after breakfast in the morning, sometimes I skip it to have it in the evening when I squeeze time to read a book or write a blog post. After a weeklong holidays, lil’M is back to school. To absorb the silence of the house, I thought of engaging myself by reading a book. Going through the book shelf, my eyes caught this book ‘Anywhere But Home’ by ‘Anu Vaaidyanathan’. After devouring myself to e-reading for months, reading a paper book took time for me to adjust. But when I hold the book in my hands bringing it near to smell. Ahhh….The smell from the new book is intoxicating like the smell of freshly brewed ‘Cardamom Tea’.
Running my fingers over the embossed letters on the cover page, the feel….which I really miss when I read an e-book made me hook to the book soon. The book Anywhere But Home by Anu Vaidyanathan is all about her ‘love for sports’. The book captures a veritable Venn Diagram of Family, Friendships and Prayer, where Anu occasionally found herself at the intersection of all three when approaching milestones in sport and in real-life, through what is every young person’s reality today, itinerancy. With color pictures of her milestones, achievements, etc., this book which is categorised as ‘Memorable Book of 2016’ list on Amazon is an inspiring book to read. I am bowled by the charm the words spelled by the author.
Coming back to our recipe of the day Cardamom Tea as we fondly call it Elachi wali Chai is perfect on any winter day. The soothing taste of Cardamom/Elachi when blend with tea, the aroma is not only uplifting but the taste is soothing too…..
Cardamom Tea (Elachi wali Chai)
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1½ cup Water
- 1 ½ tbsp. Tea Powder, I used Taj Mahal
- 3 Green Cardamoms
- 3 tbsp. Sugar
- Remove the skin and crush the cardamom pods coarsely.
- Boil milk and set aside. In a sauce pan, add water along with coarsely ground cardamom, tea powder and sugar.
- Boil until the water is reduced to half. Now add milk and boil on low flame by whisking gently in between for 3-4 times. (Whisking the tea make it tastier, try it!).
- When the consistency is reduced to 2/3, using a strainer, strain and pour into the tea glasses.
- Serve hot.
- Add love to make this tea taste ‘Yummy’.
You can easily buy Anywhere But Home by Anu Vaidyanathan at Amazon by clicking on the link.