Mesmerizing Irani Chai and butter tea
Hello tea lovers,
In love with tea? But bored of drinking the same ginger or cardamom teas. Here are the recipes to two interesting varieties of tea
Irani cafes are the Iranian style cafes in India. Mumbai and Hyderabad boast several famous cafes which are known for the Irani Chai.
This type of tea was first introduced by the Persians and soon evolved in the city of Hyderabad.
3 tbsp Assam tea leaves
1 cup milk
2 tbsp fresh cream
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods
1 black cardamom
half teaspoon black peppercorns
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup cold water
In a saucepan add water and all the spices (star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and pepper). Allow this to boil for five minutes.
Add milk and cream and simmer for five minutes.
Then add tea leaves and maintain them in simmer mode for three minutes.
Before serving strain it over a cup. Now add sugar as per your taste.
It can be served with a Khara biscuit or fruitcake cookies.
Butter tea is known as Po cha in Tibet. This is made from churning tea, salt and yak butter. The tea used is a particularly potent, smoky type of brick tea from Pemagul, Tibet. A portion of this brick tea is crumbled into water and boiled for hours to produce a bitter brew called chaku.
This is then stored until used to make butter tea
4 cups of water
2 tbsp of organic black tea (organic Russian caravan or organic Lapsang Souchong)
one -fourth tsp salt
2 tbsps of butter
half cup milk
Bring the cups of water to a boil and then turn down the heat.
Put the two spoons of tea in water and continue to boil for a couple of minutes and then strain.
Combine the tea, salt, butter and milk. Blend the ingredients in a blender. The longer you blend the tastier will be the tea.
Serve when hot.
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