Indian Railroad-style Chai: this is the real stuff served out of trays and passed through the windows at railroad stops all over India. If you can find mamri tea pearls from India, use 1/4 cup of that in place of the tea bags.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add fennel, cloves, and cardamom. Continue boiling water for 3 minutes.

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  • Stir milk into the water and return mixture to a low boil; add tea bags, reduce heat to low, and boil until the tea has a strong, but not bitter flavor, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Strain tea into 4 tea mugs; sweeten with sugar to individual tastes.

Cook's Notes:

It's important to use a cheap granulated tea. For years I tried to make this using the best Darjeeling and Asaam teas that I could find and it never came out right. The cheap granulated tea (basically what we put in tea bags) is the key. It takes a strong-flavored tea to stand up to the flavor imparted by the spices.

Nutrition Facts

95.8 calories; 4.3 g protein; 10.5 g carbohydrates; 12.2 mg cholesterol; 56.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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02/03/2015
I liked this tea even though I'm not big on the liquorice taste of fennel. I used some tea from tea bags I got in a hotel room I figured you can't get cheaper than that. I've never been on an Indian train but something tells me there should be some ginger in this. It is nice and re-heats well. Thank you KitchenBarbarian for this recipe. Read More
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