Adrak Elaichi Chai | Ginger Cardamom Tea | My Favorite Beverage | To My All Chai Partners

My morning is incomplete without adrak elaichi wali chai and the aroma of elaichi (green cardamom) and flavor of ginger. The aroma, flavor and taste of ginger is something I extremely fond of in my tea. Ginger also has a lot of health benefits.

Indian Chai

In India, the term “Chai” means tea. Since most Indians drink tea boiled with milk and sugar the word has become synonymous with milk tea. There are several variations and the names usually indicate the condiment used with the tea. But two important ingredients are – ginger (adrak) and green cardamom (elaichi).

Main Ingredients

A “Masala Chai” is a chai tea with milk and a hint of spices – cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon mostly. Saunf wali chai is the same milk tea flavored with fennel seeds. The main difference between chai and masala tea is the addition of spices. Chai is black tea and hot milk, while Masala tea will combine black tea, milk and a few spices. Everyone has a preference when it comes to chai. Some prefer more milk or no milk, some prefer a strong, some prefer with sugar or without sugar or with gur (jaggery ). Being a Pahadi, Chai is like a drug to us – whatever the time maybe we are always ready for having a good cup of tea because “One cuppa chai is all we need”. 

Proud Pahadi

But one nice thing about making chai is, that while brewing it in a pot, the aroma of spices will fill the air and make you anticipate the delicious drink soon to be enjoyed. I can sip chai throughout the day. I prefer chai with food, or as a dessert with tea time cake or dried fruits in short with anything :). 

Adrak Elaichi Chai

It is really a tasty and fulfilling drink when you enjoy with your family and friends. “Friendship and tea… Millions of bits & a lot of hot water make a good, strong brew.

I have amazing my Chai partners and strangely I find myself sharing my innermost secrets with them over a cup of chai. Sometimes, I feel there is some sort of mental connection that chai lovers share between them.

Adrak Elaichi Chai | Ginger Cardamom Tea | My Favorite Beverage

Start your day on the right track by using this recipe to make a cup of Adrak Elaichi ki chai. Chai is served hot and warms your body up especially during monsoons and cold winters. This tea helps clears up your sinus and is a great drink to have when you have sore throat or a cold. It is also good for digestion. 

Ingredients :
For 2 Cups 
Water – 1 & 1/2 cups
Milk – 3/4 cup
Tea powder – 1 tsp
Grated ginger – 1 inch
Crushed Black pepper – 2
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
White or brown sugar – 2 tsp

Ginger Cardamom Tea

Method :

  1. Heat water in a saucepan and allow it to boil.
  2. Add tea powder, crushed black pepper with ginger. Boil it for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Now add milk and simmer for 8 minutes. Add sugar and green cardamom powder.
  4. Again simmer for 3 minutes. Then switch off the flame.
  5. Filter prepared chai into cups and serve with biscuits.

Tips : Adjust sugar according to your taste.

Ginger Cardamom Tea

Tuesday Tip | How to make Green Cardamom Powder? | Homemade Elaichi Powder

Popularly known as “Elaichi” in Hindi, “Aelakka” in Malayalam, “Elakkai” in Tamil, “Yelakulu” in Telugu, “Yalakki” in Kannada, “Ilaychi” in Gujarati, “Hrdaya roga” in Nepali and “Huba alhal” in Arabic – Cardamom is a spice made from the seeds of several plants belonging to the family Zingiberaceae.

Elaichi or Green Cardamom

Called the Queen of Spices, cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice – surpassed only by saffron and vanilla. It is one of the most common wholes spices which is found in every Indian household especially in my favorite adrak elaichi chai. 

The Queen of Spices

Green cardamom is a spice with an intense, slightly sweet flavor and used in both sweet and savory recipes. The seeds are recognized by their small pods. They are spindle-shaped with an outer shell and inner seeds. The outer shell is thin and papery and the seeds are small and black.

Grounded Green Cardamom

It is very easy to make the green cardamom powder at home. Each green cardamom pod contains a row of small black seeds that are removed and ground to powder. You don’t need to discard the skin (pods) and even though they cannot be used as a spice because they are extremely fibrous, but you can use them while making powder.

Homemade Cardamom Powder

If you talk about health benefits. Cardamom is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and potassium. Cardamom is in the same family as ginger and turmeric, which are all great at balancing digestion, combating nausea, and fighting motion sickness. Some people even chew on the pods like gum because of their minty flavor.

Beautiful hot stone crayons art recently done by me

How to make Green Cardamom Powder ?

Heat the pan nicely and add the cardamom, no need to roast for a long time. Toast 1/2 cup of cardamom pods in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2 or 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, if you really want to intensify the flavor.

Roasting

Then allow roasted cardamom to cool down completely then transfer to a dry grinder.

Prep for grinding

Store in an airtight container in a dry and cool place.

Green cardamom powder

You can make it in bulk. A small amount of it can be stored in a bottle for daily use and the rest can be kept in a refrigerator. It is best used within three months.

Decorated with hot stone crayons art recently done by me

Blueberry Lemon Tea | No Sugar Tea | Healthy Tea Recipe | Fruit Tea

Are you looking for a way to jazz up your next cup of tea? This fruit infused tea recipe will hit the spot :). The general idea is to steep pieces of aromatic fruit with your regular tea. Blueberry Lemon Tea is an easy to make refreshing drink perfect for a relaxing lunch date with friends. Fresh blueberry, lemon zest and water is all you need to create this simple refreshing tea recipe.

Blueberry Lemon Tea

I have been a tea lover for years. Sharing adrak wali chai with my NaniMaa & Maa over parle – g biscuits have always been some of my favorite memories.  There is just something about a nice cup of hot tea that brings back a sense of nostalgia and a sense of charm to any occasion.  Tea is sort of like a warm hug in my opinion and is nice shared with friends or just time alone reading a good book and tucking in for the night.

No Sugar Tea

Most fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, but blueberries are having a moment. Some say they’re the secret to glowing skin, others label them a “superfood.” But just how good can one tiny berry be? Blueberry fruit has powerful antioxidants, which drastically reduces the bad cholesterol level in the human body. In addition, it enhances the smooth blood flow in the arteries. Blueberries have about 25 different anthocyanins, making them the king of berries.

Fresh Blueberries

Ingredients : (For 2 cups)
Water – 3 cups
Blueberry – 1/2 (1/4 cup each cup )
Fresh lemon zest – 1/4 tsp

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Method :

  1. Heat water in a pan and let it boil.
  2. Add blueberry with lemon zest and crush with a potato masher. Let it boil for 8 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Then filter tea and enjoy. Fresh fruit tea.
No Sugar Fruit Tea

Pomegranate Masala Tea | Anar Masala Chai | Fresh Fruit Tea Recipe

Making fruit tea at home is incredibly simple. In fact, the popularity of fruit tea has caused tons of great infusing products to be placed on the market. By using fruit, the beverage is still kept healthy and in some ways, may even gain additional health benefits depending on what ingredients are used to flavor the tea.

Pomegranate Masala Tea

The red rich fruit is known to be one of the healthiest for a reason. It is called as a divine fruit because it is the most mentioned fruit in theological books. Pomegranate has antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties and is said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid.

Anar Masala Chai

The seeds and the sweet covering surrounding them — called arils — are the edible parts of the pomegranate fruit. Pomegranate tea is made with crushed pomegranate seeds, dried pomegranate flowers, or by adding pomegranate juice concentrate to tea. I used fresh pomegranate arils blend with tea masala. It taste delicious and make this tea, and let me know how it turns out :).

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Ingredients : (For 2 cups)
Water – 2 & 1/2 cups
Pomegranate arils – 1/2 cup
Tea or chai masala – 1/4 tsp

Fresh Fruit Tea Recipe

Method :

  1. Heat water in a pan and add chai masala. Let it boil.
  2. Add pomegranate arils and crush with a potato masher. Let it boil for 8 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Then filter tea and enjoy. Fresh fruit tea.
Healthy Tea

Healthy Fruit Tea | Strawberry Raspberries Mint Tea | Fresh Fruit Chai | No Sugar Tea

First thing that comes into your mind after getting out of the bed is- A garma-garam Chai (a hot cup of tea). In India, it is more than just a cup of tea to start the day, it is a sentiment. Being a Pahadi, Chai is like a drug to us – “One cuppa chai is all we need”.

Tea Lover

But sometimes I want to change things up and add a twist to my tea. Mint is one of my favorite flavors to add in my tea. I often have fresh mint growing so it is simple to keep on hand and add to freshly brewed tea. This fresh strawberry raspberry and mint tea makes a great drink to have when you are having guest or just to have to enjoy during a cozy winter afternoon.

Healthy Fruit Tea

Strawberries are bright red, juicy, and sweet. Strawberries are jam-packed with vitamins. In fact, you only need to eat around 5 large berries to get 98% of your daily value of vitamin C. This vitamin plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system—helping your body avoid illnesses and recover more quickly. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

Berry Tea

Raspberries are a small, sweet fruit with a tart undertone. Their cheerful pop of color and delicious flavor can make any ordinary meal feel special. And, each delicate raspberry is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

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Ingredients : (For 2 cups)
Water – 2 & 1/2 cups
Fresh raspberries – 7
Fresh strawberry – 6 (slice into half)
Fresh mint leaves – 6
Few mint leaves stems for garnishing

No Sugar Tea

Method :

  1. Heat water in a pan and let it boil.
  2. Add mint leaves with raspberries, strawberries and crush with a potato masher. Let it boil for 8 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Then filter tea and enjoy. Fresh fruit tea.
Fresh Fruit Tea