That perfect cup !! How to make tea??
What if I told you, that I am yet not able to make a perfect cup of tea. Shocked? Its true. Making tea is not everyones magic. How to make chai? Is not easy for me. First add the tea leaves or the milk? What should be the proportion? Boiling time? When does one add the sugar? I am perpetually struggling with making a cup of tea.
Lets brew some teas
I know for sure, my friend Sabina measures her cups of water and uses proper proportions to get that perfect colour and sweetness. I can see the satisfaction on her face while she sips her first morning cup.
My Dad on the other hand loves adding ingredients to boiling water. He often stir up his morning teas with grated ginger and jaggery and takes a first long sip even when his chai is still boiling hot. Still not learnt how to make tea from him.
So later I began my tea quest on Instagram and asked a few dear friends for their secret of a cuppa happy tea recipe. Check out what they have to say.
Poorvi Joshi Shenoy
A foodie & travel enthusiastic by heart based in Mumbai and passionate about discovering every part of the planet, often gets time to break free from her well paying full time cubicle job to keep roving.
Follow her roving journey through her blog http://www.rovinglensstories.com and on Instagram @rovinglensstories
Her Recipe for Masala Chai
- Crush 2-3 cloves, one cinnamon stick and 2- 3 black peppercorns.
- Grate a small piece of ginger
- Transfer the crushed spices to saucepan, add water, grated ginger, Tulsi and bring to a boil.
- Add Sugar and Tea Powder and boil for 2 minutes.
- Add milk bring to a boil.
- Strain into a mug and enjoy.
Here’s her Dum Wali Ginger-Cardmom Tea
Sucheta Thakur aka TheVegetarianBhukkad
And posts pretty pictures on her Instagram account.
Shital is a recipe developer and food blogger. The dishes she stirs up are exceptionally tasty. Some of her innovative recipes will blow your mind. Her masala tea I can really say is the best in the world.
Her Simple Recipe
1. First heating 2 cups of water,
2. Then add fresh Mint leaves, lemon grass & grated fresh ginger.
3. After boiling this for almost 5 minutes, add 1 teaspoon of my Chai Masala, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon tea leaves.
4. boil everything together for about 3 to 4 minutes till the aroma of the brewing Tea fills the room.
5. Pour yourself a cup and enjoy.
Abhipsa confesses she is a tea lover. There’s more to her than that, but when one is talking about the beauty of tea, everything else gets relegated to the background. Some think of it as a stimulant, some as a conversation starter, while some worship it with a zeal.
She blogs at abdigsin.wordpress.com
Her Instagram showcases her food love.
She loves tea in almost all of its avatars, but picking a favourite, she will always pick Adrak wali Chai.
She very quirky to add….”Every individual has his / her unique style of preparing chai. And all of us think that our version of it is the best. Truth be told, we’re all right in our own way. Also, now that we’ve started the topic of preparing tea, I’ll share with you my version of it. Here’s a step by step guide” –
Half a mug of water.
Half a mug of cow mil
Three quarter tablespoon leaves
A half a cm thick slice of ginger
Sugar as per taste
Add water to a saucepan and warm it up. Pound ginger on the side and add it to the water just as it is about to start boiling. Allow the flavour of ginger to get infused in the boiling water. As it starts to get slightly murky, add leaves. Turn down the flame so that the steeping can take place comfortably. Once the water turns dark enough (as per your liking), add milk. If you don’t like a lot of milk in your teas, increase the ratio of water to milk. Add sugar (if required) at the end. Allow it to come to a boil. Turn down the flame and let the tea simmer. Bring to another boil, and turn off the flame. Your cup of adrak chai is ready !
“Tea is an integral part of of some of our lives. There is no single day in our life which starts without a cup of tea. So lets take pride in stirring up this elixir of life. Hopefully I will eventually learn how to make tea.
P.S- A happy International Tea Day to all tealovers.