Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"A Good Cup" Chai Tea Recipe...

Well it's been a week or so since I blogged....back to school always gets me, glad to be back!

If you want an authentic Chai Tea recipe here you go. This is not the stuff you get at Starbucks! after studying yoga for over 10 years with my teacher... I have picked up quite a few delicious  authentic Indian recipes...a very nice perk!!( recipe below). As well as some photos of our Labor Day vacation and summers last push in the garden...

So the last few days of summer break and beginning of a new school year were...well let's say eventful . Here is the short of it, we took a trip to Stroudsburg, Pa to visit the train museums( the little guy was in heaven!)..we had a trip to the ER for  the little guy with sprained/broken arm Labor Day weekend. You see that's what happens when you are trying to avoid becoming a zombie and jump from a tree house swing set.
Brand new eye glasses for first grade, oldest son starting his new job and new place in the world now that he is out of college. Our youngest daughter is doing well in India for her semester in her new traveling high school and so on and so on.
I am back in my back to school blues...I miss my little guy being home with me and now with the glasses and busted arm he looks so much like a big guy. However, i can get back into my workroom and finish up some projects. I have been working really hard on my knitting to finish up my projects for the My Sister's Knitter KAL/CAL. So much so I have needle wound on the tips of my fingers!

On the first week of school the weather changed, so autumn like, so one night my husband brought home take out form our favorite Indian restaurant and I made some Chai Tea.
Chai Tea
Indian Black Tea loose (Indian grocery stores,We like Lipton yellow label.)
Green Cardamom pods
Tea Masala (we like the SWAD brand)or you can make your own
raw sugar ( however much you desire)
Organic milk
Rose water
 Optional...fresh ginger slices,vanilla or whatever comes to mind!

In a pot bring to boil 3 cups of water...add loose tea, my teachers instructions"sprinkle until it covers the top" I saw about 1/4 cup ...boil for 2/3 minutes. Lower the heat add milk until you get a nice caramel color. I tend to stay a bit to a darker caramel cause I like to add some frothed milk later. Add spices, start with a 1/8 tsp of the masala at first until you figure out how spicy you like it. I use a 1/2 of tsp now. Try to smash the cardamom pods too a bit. Add the raw sugar and turn the hit back up to a simmer for another 2/3 minutes to incorporate it all. Now, my husband wants me to be like the Chai street vendors in India and pour it back in forth from cup to cup in a long stream to make it frothy. Yeah, no... I have very small arms!! So I like to forth a bit of milk and add that. Now, before you pour, add a drop or two of  Rose water into the cup. Add more sugar if you like. Also experiment with other spices. Be creative and Enjoy!!

Now back to the work room today. Its a good day for that as the weather has switched back to a steamy 95 degrees! But I really feel like baking today !! We'll see what happens;-)!
Have a wonderful day!

Love and peace to all beings everywhere and may all suffering be eased.


  1. I so love chai tea! I learned to appreciate it when I lived in the mountains in Montana with some long cold winters. Thank you for the I can make my own! Happy to be following along via GFC and looking forward to more!

  2. Love your pictures...especially the spider web and the Amish cutting down tobacco leaves. Were you visiting Strasburg in Lancaster county, PA ? I just drove through there last week.
    Hope you'll be adjusting to the new school year soon.


    1. Yes Susie , I was in Lancaster county, haven't been there in years! I was sad though cause we kind of picked a tourist trap restaurant and would of loved some really good Amish cooking! Love having you stop by!!

  3. Is it odd that the same injury occurred when I, also tried not to be a zombie? Hehe. Poor little man.
    Beautiful images of your summer.
    Thank you for the Chai tea recipe!

    1. Thanks & your welcome...and Heehee...I am somewhat new to the whole Zombie thing/world but from what I am learning it is not odd and it is a very common zombie injury;-) and it also gave him some good street credibility with the older zombie aficionados in my husbands family ! They say he can now be on their team! Let me know if you try the recipe!

  4. Is Chai tea caffeinated? I haven't had that for quite some time. Your youngest son is handsome and what a nice, adventurous family you have. That train museum looks awesome. There's something about classic trains that are timeless and vintage.

    1. So sorry it took me so long to reply..I have been so busy with house projects..thank you for you kind words and Chai is only caffeinated by the tea you use. The black tea i use is caffeinated. OK i have to go catch up my blog visits!

  5. Hi Donna I was taken by your photography. I love the shot of the men working in the field, but what is that crop? The shot of the berries or are they? You have certainly perked my interest.
    Have a great day . . . Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  6. HI Connie, I think it is tobbacoo ...the berries are from flowering tree in my yard. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words!