Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tea ( Chai ) Flavorings

People like to combine two or more flavors sometimes.  Some of the most commonly used flavorings are:
Ginger:  A winter favorite, all you need is a tiny slice of ginger, either pounded or grated. Mix with tea while brewing.
Cardamom:  One pod for 1-2 cups (depending on how strong you want it), pounded.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf): One fourth of a teaspoon per cup of tea makes for a superbly aromatic blend, ideal for warm days. It helps in  digestion.
Tulsi: Also known as Holy Basil, tulsi adds a wonderful flavor.
Mint: A nice substitute for tulsi leaves. Its gives a minty flavor.
Cinnamon:  a half inch stick per cup is adequate to give a nice flavor.
Fennel Lemongrass: A popular Thai ingredient that adds fresh citrus flavor.
Spice Blend: The most popular blend contains five elements in equal quantities – fennel seeds (saunf), cardamom, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon. This masala is so strong that you only need a pinch of it per cup of tea.

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