Chai (tea) is the traditional and most common drink in India, served in small cups, and available on nearly every street corner and next to every center of interest in the country. This short video shows the authentic process of chai making at a tea stall, Dunagiri Temple, Himalayas, recorded during our pilgrimage trip for the shooting of Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga Masters documentary in October 2015.
A recipe for a healthy version of masala chai (spiced indian tea) you can make at home:
1. Bring two cups of water to a boil along with 1/2 inch grated fresh ginger and 4 to 5 crushed cardamom pods.
2. Simmer on low heat for a few minutes.
3. Remove from the stove and add one tablespoon of organic black "little grain" tea. Inexpensive black tea is usually crushed, broken smaller leaves, and works best for making chai.
4. Steep for only 3 minutes then strain.
5. Add one cup of whole milk, heat up the chai again until warm, then add three teaspoons of turbinado sugar to taste.
6. Serve and enjoy.