There is nothing sweeter than someone actually bringing Ek Cup Chai to your bed first thing in the morning. The first sip of the morning tea is almost like a routine requirement for the rest of the day.
Years ago consumption was encouraged because of its ability to ward off diseases, help in concentration, cleanse the body and help in digestion. However, what began as medicine, now has become a beverage that is enjoyed throughout the world.
Today you have tea when you need to refresh yourself, to socialize and only sometimes when you have nothing else to do. Having a sip of tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation.Tea is truly a rare treasures and drinking tea actually punctuates our day.
Making a cup of tea though a quick job, is still an art. There is no end to the diversity of recipes for making your own cup of tea. Tea recipes are always good but everyone got one of their own to suit their personal taste. You can have tea with milk, without milk (black tea) or with herbs and spices. There is no end to how much you can experiment with the taste.
We have picked few of the best tasting tea recipes just in case you would like to fiddle with your taste buds for a day.
BASIC TEA (2 cups) – Pour 1 cup milk and 1 cup water in your tea pan and bring to boil. While boiling add 1 and 1/2 tea spoon of your favorite Tea leaves or Tea powder. Add sugar, ideally 2 and 1/2 to 3 tea spoons (depends upon your taste). Boil the solution for just about 2-3 minutes in simmering flame. Take it off the flame and strain it into two cups and sip sip sip!! Enjoy
ROMANTIC TEA (2 cups) – its just a simple ginger cardamom flavored tea you enjoy the best when it is raining. Umm.. did someone mention hot pakoras?
Put 2 ilaichis and one thin slice of ginger in 1 cup of water and bring it to boil.Add 1 and 1/2 tea spoon of your favorite Tea Leaves or Powder. Pour 1 cup of milk and boil the solution for 2-3 minutes in simmering flame. Pour it and enjoy the aroma and the taste with hot pakoras on a rainy day.
MASALA CHAI with a twist (2cups) – Boil 2 cups of water with one cup of milk. Add 2 table spoons of the tea leaves
Add the ginger, the black pepper, a small cinnamon stick and 2 cardamom. Boil & Stir for 10 minutes (the tea should turn to a shade of rusty brown). Pour the tea into a vessel using a strainer
Put the remaining tea leaves in a vessel, add a little water and boil again. Go ahead and strain this as well and add it to the original mix. It is weird, yet you will find the effect is actually nice.
And before we wrap up, we have few special places that we think you must visit to have Ek Cup Chai! Of course apart from the local tea shops and the tea served hot every day at home.
Tea Centre, Mumbai
Teapot Café, Kochi
Dolly’s Tea Shop, Kolkata
Cha Bar, inside Oxford Bookstore, in Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai