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Railroad-Style Chai

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars
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"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

10 m servings 96
Original recipe yields 4 servings (1 quart)

Directions

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  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add fennel, cloves, and cardamom. Continue boiling water for 3 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Strain tea into 4 tea mugs; sweeten with sugar to individual tastes.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 96 calories; 4.3 10.5 4.3 12 56 Full nutrition

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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 I...