Elaichi Chai | Cardamom Chai is one of the popular tea choices in India. Just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to brew this aromatic simple cardamom tea. A refreshing cup of elaichi chai is like a warm hug in every sip.
About This Recipe
Chai or Chaa is Indian name for milk based tea. We Indians love our chai and for every mood and season there is a particular blend of chai. We prefer strong chai on a tiring day day and flavored chai like elaichi chai when we have guests. Chai with ginger, cardamom and clove (masala chai) is preferred on a rainy or wintery day.
Refreshing cardamom tea is easy to make milk tea recipe. This cardamom tea on its own has a varied fragrant flavour. Cardamom will add warmth, fragrance and give this a tea citrusy sweet flavour.
A strong cup of cardamom tea is soothing in the morning and welcoming in the evening. Make your tea time extra special by making this delicious cardamom tea.
Must Try Chai | Tea Recipes
I am not a tea lover or tea addict. But I love trying new tea flavours. Though one cup of tea is all I drink in a day, I experiment a lot with it. I sometimes add ginger or cardamom or both with some cloves and cinnamon. If you are like me, then here are few more popular tea recipes to try –
Cardamom Tea | Elaichi Chai
Indian Cardamom Tea, we fondly call it Elaichi wali Chai is perfect on any winter or rainy day. The soothing taste of Cardamom (elaichi) when blend with tea powder, the aroma uplifts the taste and soothes the soul.
Hot cup of cardamom tea with savory Indian snacks is a prefect evening tea scene in most of the Indian houses. However crazy or busy life may be, “a cup of tea makes EVERYTHING better”.
Cardamom tea benefits weight loss. It also helps in reducing digestive issues like indigestion, upset stomach and prevents heartburn. Cardamom tea also soothes stomach muscles and reduce cramps.
Main Ingredients of Elaichi Chai
Tea Powder | Leaves – I prefer using tea powder. I use Taj Mahal brand tea powder in making my elaichi chai recipe. You can use tea bags or tea leaves too. The color and taste depends on the use of tea powder or leaves.
Cardamom | Elaichi – Known for its intense flavour and many health benefits, this is one of the most loved spice in the world. There are two ways of adding cardamom to chai. One is by removing the seeds and coarsely crushing them and adding to the chai. The other one is by slightly crushing the cardamom pods and adding to the milk while boiling.
If you like strong flavour of cardamom in tea, then try adding cardamom seeds by coarsely grinding them.
Tip: My mom keeps cardamom peels in the tea powder container. These peels will infuse their fragrance in tea powder, which makes it lightly aromatic and perfect to make everyday cardamom tea.
Milk – Brings in taste, thickness and balances the flavours. You can make cardamom tea without milk too. But we Indians, prefer milk tea over other teas.
Sugar – As I drink only a cup of tea in a day, I use refined sugar. You can use jaggery powder or brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. Or you can completely skip adding sugar. If properly brewed, then this cardamom tea taste good even without sugar.
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- 1 Cup Milk
- 1½ cup Water
- 1 ½ tbsp. Tea Powder, I used Taj Mahal
- 3 Green Cardamoms | Elaichi
- 3 tbsp. Sugar
How To Make Cardamom Tea | Elaichi Chai
- Remove the skin and crush the cardamom pods coarsely.
- Boil milk and set aside. In a sauce pan, add water along with coarsely ground cardamom, tea powder and sugar.
- Boil until the water is reduced to half. Now add milk and boil on low flame by whisking gently in between for 3-4 times. (Whisking the tea make it tastier, try it!).
- When the consistency is reduced to 2/3, using a strainer, strain and pour into the tea glasses.
- Serve hot.
- Add love to make this elaichi tea taste 'Yummy'.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Serve this flavorful and refreshing cardamom tea in the morning along with sweet scrambled eggs and toast.
You can serve this tea with any Indian breakfast recipe.
Serve this in the evening with any savory snacks like chivda, bhel, pakoda, etc;
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g
My Tea Time with ‘Anywhere But Home’ by Anu Vaaidyanathan
I mostly prefer to have my cup of tea in the morning soon after breakfast. But. sometimes I skip it to have it in the evening when I squeeze time to read a book or write a blog post. After a weeklong holidays, lil’M is back to school. To absorb the silence of the house, I thought of engaging myself by reading a book.
Going through the book shelf, my eyes caught this book ‘Anywhere But Home’ by ‘Anu Vaaidyanathan’. After devouring myself to e-reading for months, reading a paperback book took time for me to adjust. But when I hold the book in my hands bringing it near to smell. Ahhh….the smell from the new book is intoxicating like the smell of freshly brewed ‘Cardamom Tea’.
Running my fingers over the embossed letters on the cover page, the feel, which I really miss when I read an e-book made me hook to the book soon. The book Anywhere But Home by Anu Vaidyanathan is all about her ‘love for sports’. The book captures a veritable Venn Diagram of Family, Friendships and Prayer. Anu occasionally found herself at the intersection of all three when approaching milestones in sport and in real-life, through what is every young person’s reality today, itinerancy.
With color pictures of her milestones, achievements, etc., this book which is categorised as ‘Memorable Book of 2016’ list on Amazon is an inspiring book to read. I am bowled by the charm of words spelled by the author. You can easily buy Anywhere But Home by Anu Vaidyanathan at Amazon by clicking on the link.