Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Cuppa: Chai with a cardamom kick!

Just over a month ago, my sister and I met up for lunch at an Indian restaurant for some much needed rich and spicy cuisine. With our meals, we both chose an Elaichi Chai which was so delightful! Elaichi Chai is Cardamom Tea. 

Cardamom has one of those tastes that’s a bit hard to describe. It’s not hot spicy but, it has a bite. It’s kinda minty and even a bit sweet. It tastes like anise or licorice and is used in both savory and sweet foods.

Pods in my palm!

Cardamom tea is basically a combination of red (black) tea, milk, some sweetener, and of course, cardamom seeds. It’s quite simple and easy to make at home. I used Assam as my tea of choice just because it’s a nice strong tea that goes well mixed with other ingredients.


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of Assam tea
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 8 – 10 cardamom pods
  • Raw sugar to taste


1.   Bring water to a full boil in a sauce pan on the stove top.

2.   Add Assam tea and allow to steep for about a minute.

3.   Split the cardamom pods with a knife and dump into the tea. Crush them with a wooden spoon.

4.   Simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes before straining all the large particles with a sieve.

5.   Bring the tea back to the stove and add milk. I just eyed it looking for a colour.

6.   Stir in some raw sugar or honey to taste.

7.   Heat for another minute or two and then pour into cups and enjoy.

This tea really hits the spot on a cold, winter's day. Also, it partners very well with spicy cuisines. It’s great for those that love Masala Chai but want something with a little less punch.  Cardamom provides just the right kick!

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