Holiday cheer continued this weekend and I believe I'm officially back in the states. Still missing the easy conviviality of the chai/coconut stand that was the social hub of Mysore, I took matters into my hands. I managed to bring my recent India-learnt recipes stateside with success! Chai! Roti! Daal!... And get to the beach in time for sunset. The next day, some of the left-overs fed friends who misread the date of my brunch (:)), followed by Solstice Unplugged hosted by the local Social Media Club crew. Happy solstice! Here's a chai recipe to keep you warm.
Chai for four
Boil 4 cups water with 1-2 cloves cardamon; 1 lg cinnamon stick and 3-4 whole cloves for 10 minutes. Add 2 Tbs. black tea (Ceylon or Earl Grey) and boil another 5 minutes. Add 1/2-1 cup milk (whole, soy, rice or 1/2 cup 1/2&1/2 and bring to a boil. Pour into cups through a strainer, sweeten as much or little as desired with sugar, honey, agave or jaggery...Enjoy