Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

But I had free Indian food, wanna share a cuppa Chai?

Gurdwara Arizona

Langar at Nishkam Seva Gurdwara

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My first langar was inspiring and taught me many, many things. One of them was, as part of the hosting family, you dole out 500 dishes before you can serve yourself – a torturous yet rewarding task. Another is that 5lbs of butter makes everything taste better. I wasn’t able to obtain the secret vegan recipes to some of these delectable dishes but I can assure you, I know how to make a mean cup of chai:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Lipton Green label tea or Brooke Bond Red label tea leaves. Mix them together.
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Ginger
  • A pinch of crushed cardamom
  • 1/2 cup water

Method:
1. Cut ginger, squish it, and put in a pot of water and boil
2. Wait until water boils, then put in sugar and tea leaves
3. Wait 3 -4 minutes, then add the milk and cardamom
4. Wait another 3 -4 minutes, then take it off the pan and pour it through the strainer to have your cup of chai.

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