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November heralds in cooler weather in our corner of Texas . So yes, this is finally the season I love to be outdoors with the kids. And to celebrate I have to brew a cup of cardamom chai!
So on some weekends, when we’re not swamped with driving from one end of town to the other to cheer on soccer games the older two are in, we’re doing something outdoors as a family. Needless to say, a weekend tends to become like any other day of the week… busy, busy, busy!
While I adore being around my family, there is that one time in the day when I need to be quiet, all by myself. (Yes even without a nursing baby attached to me) And that time happens first thing in the morning.
I set my alarm to go off an hour and a half before my family wakes up, to spend some quiet time reading the Bible and my devotionals. I then make myself a much needed cup of tea and settle down to read parts from the book my Bible Study group is doing this season: Lysa Terkeurst’s The Best Yes.
Quiet time with God and a cup of tea kick-start my day for me. If I miss out on that time on a day the alarm fails to set off, I feel like I’m not equipped to face the day with pleasantness!
On days when Hubs wakes up a few minutes after I do, I try to add a little extra love in the tea and make a masala chai (with ginger and spices) or a favorite with all my house guests, cardamom chai. (I always make extra cups of tea when I make cardamom chai as there are always requests for seconds)
Cardamom chai is really not at all hard to make. You don’t even need tea leaves to brew a good cup of chai. (though they do step up the flavor a notch, at least that’s what I feel) Tea bags work just fine. All you needare some cardamom pods, tea bags, milk and water. That’s it!
Here’s an easy-to-follow Cardamom Chai recipe
It takes a little time but the flavors definitely make it worth the effort.
- 4 green cardamom pods- crushed with a mortar and pestle or powdered in a spice/coffee grinder
- 2-4 black tea bags Dependent on whether you prefer strong or light tea
- 1 cup milk whole, 2% or 1%. I like using whole
- 1 cup water
- Sugar – to sweeten as per preference optional
Bring the water to boil, in a pot, on medium flame, with the crushed/powdered cardamom pods in the same.
Now add the milk. (Keep watching the pot to ensure the same doesn’t not overflow while boiling.)
Once this begins to bubble in the first stages of boiling, add the tea bags and allow it to steep well.
Once the color of the milk mixture changes to a tan brown, you can remove the pan off the stove. If you prefer a stronger cup of tea, steep it till the color darkens.
Strain the tea bags and cardamom out with a tea strainer and pour yourself a deliciously refreshing cup of cardamom chai.
Sweeten, as required.