Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Chai (Indian style)....simple but good...

Alright. I've been incommunicado this weekend for two reasons. A) Massive Indian wedding where we sat out in the sun in Old Town for hours--which I believe led me to B) catching a very bad sinus cold/100.5 degree fever all day Labor day.

On a side note the reception for the wedding was at the Corcoran Art Gallery. Simply beautiful--with tables interspersed between columns in the lobby in hues of red. The tables were set with clear tableware and when each guest had a bronze party favor with their name tags attached in a sort of limey green color. I think my favorite thing was how the meal was served. Catered by Heritage India it consisted of 10 dishes served in these wonderful steel serving bowls. Centerpieces were orange lily-like flowers in round vases. Unfortunately I couldn't really taste anything, but the tartness in the mango sherbet was great (I am looking for the recipe to post). When they put up pictures I will post them here so you can see what I mean. All of ours turned out too dark.

Here are two pictures from the wedding--(I know nothing to really do with food, but I thought that you might appreciate the colors), which sort of gives the idea of the color scheme at the gallery.

Anyway--because of my cold I had my sister make me some tea. Its simple but really really good.

(one serving, but if you are making for more people just multiply accordingly)

1 cup water
milk as desired
1 bag of Lipton tea
ground cardamom
1 packet of Splenda

Bring water to a boil and then add teabag. Let boil until tea is desired strength and add milk (I usually guesstamate, but its always like 1/8 of a cup or so). Add 1 packet of Splenda and a pinch of ground cardamom.

This will yield a Chai that is sweet but oh so good on the scratchy throat.


T said...

So does "Chai" really just mean any black tea with cardomom in it? I am definitely going to make this TONIGHT- just need to steal some splenda from the cafeteria...

Ms. P said...

Yum, this sounds absolutely lovely, and the perfect accompaniment to fall. Sorry to hear about your cold, though :(

Priya said...

You know, i'm not really sure. I just know that Chai is the Indian word for tea.

So we "make chai" etc.

I'm sure you can use sugar instead of Splenda--my sister is on an anti-sugar spree so she made it with her favorite substitute instead.

T said...

Made this last night for John, who is sick. I added a pinch of cinnamon and the tiniest bit of black pepper. He loved it, said it made him feel a little better. (Even with soymilk!) Have a feeling I'm going to be drinking a lot of this all winter.

Ms. P said...

This has become my after-work snack! I've tried several variations, but today's (tea, milk, splenda, cardamom, ground white pepper) is the best so far! Thanks for the pepper suggestion, T.

Priya said...

white pepper? what does that taste like?

Ms. P said...

Priya, the white pepper lends a nice spicyness to the drink. I'll make you some when you come over tomorrow, 'natch.