Chai for one person


Manish Chhatralia



Here is the method of how to make chai as you requested:

1. Add water in pan.
2. Add sugar, tea leaves and spices.
3. Bring to boil and simmer for a minute or so.
4. Add milk.
5. Bring to boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
6. Strain tea in teapot.

To make chai for one person, one needs:

1 cup of water, see 1. above.
1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of tea leaves and 1/4 teaspoon of
spices, see 2. above. (depending on how sweet, strong and spicy)
1/4 cup of milk, see 4. above. (depending on how milky)

NOTE: this tea is made with water but equally can be made with milk.

Spices can generally be proportioned as follows:

A. 1 one 1.5 inch cinnamon stick.
B. 3-4 cardamoms (with shell).
C. 2-3 peppercorns.
D. 2-3 cloves
E. 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder.
Grind into a powder the items A-D and add E.

In winter fresh ginger chai is very good, add 1cm2 chopped ginger with the spices. Can also add pepper at the same time to give a warm feeling.

The spice list I mentioned is not complete. We usually add about 10 to 12 different types of spices for chai ground together. I am sorry I do not know the names of them in English.

I hope this helps you,

Manish Chhatralia.