Friday, February 19, 2010

Fun Finds Friday

Chai Tea with Coconut Palm Sugar


The newest addition... (hopefully regular addition) to State Side. "Fun Finds Friday" is all about things that I've recently discovered and LOVE! I'm guessing that most of these posts will be food related... cause, um, yeah, there is just so much good food out there.

My sister-in-law was taught by and Indian woman how to make real chai tea. She shared the recipe with me, I adjusted it a bit, and I've been addicted sense. It's amazing, really!

Ready to use dry chi spice:

  • 1 TBLS cinnamon stick (I use more)
  • 1 TBLS ground ginger (I usually use a heaping scoop)
  • 1 TBLS pepper cornes (I use more)
  • 1 TBLS cardamom
  • 1 TBLS coriander
  • 1 TBLS cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)

put all ingredients in a coffee grinder and grind it to a powder. Put it in a jar and wait for a cold day to fix up a nice cup'a tea.

For a single serving fill mug half water and half milk (I tend to use more water and less milk). Then put one black tea bag and a spoonful (you'll have to adjust amount to your tastes) of spices in and warm in the microwave on medium DO NOT BOIL never, ever let it boil... add a spoonful of sugar (*very important ingredient because the sweetness is what brings out the flavor and makes it spicy... otherwise it's just tea*) and enjoy!


For a large batch (my favorite way) fill pan with half milk half water (again, I tend to use more water and less milk). Put in one tea bag per person. pour spices (to taste) on top and heat on the stove top on med-low till hot. DO NOT BOIL.... (I've burned my tea way too many times... terrible, terrible waste)! Add sugar to individual cups and serve.


Wait, there's more. Like I said, I'm totally addicted to the stuff and started thinking that I was eating way too much sugar. I wondered if there was a good alternative out there (most artificial sweeteners make me feel like crud). Just then... I won a giveaway on a friend's blog! ~ Thanks Mare!

Coconut palm Sugar ~ This stuff ROCKS! it's low on the glycemic index, and has a wonderful nutty smell and taste that is a perfect complement to the Chai..... yummmm! It's also socially conscious, and environmentally friendly, so it's really guilt free all the way around. I can't wait to try it in ice cream and just about everything else.

7 comments:

Marillyn Beard said...
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Marillyn Beard said...

Awesome Brit!! LOVE it! I will have to try making some soon!! So glad you love the coconut sugar. That stuff rocks for sure. You know, you did a good job with that post... you should do food posts more often ;o) Love ya! Oh... really like the picture of you holding the chai... great shot!

Katie said...

Yum! I feel the need to look through my spices see if I can make this! I used to have a bag of chai Kenya that the Bells brougth with them but then somebody thought that they would do the teachers house a favor the begining of the year and trough out a buch of my food including the chai. Sad. Now all try yours if I can!

Katie said...

Yum! I feel the need to look through my spices see if I can make this! I used to have a bag of chai Kenya that the Bells brougth with them but then somebody thought that they would do the teachers house a favor the begining of the year and trough out a buch of my food including the chai. Sad. Now all try yours if I can!

Brittney Harmon said...

Thanks guys! I feel a few more food posts coming on (although it really isn't a passion like it is for you two). I am planning to do a regular creative post (and that is a bit of a passion) so look for that, too. hope you enjoy the tea!

Kimberlee Hartwig said...

I recently learned how to make Indian chai too! A little different from the way you make it, but I like you, am addicted as well! We should have a chai date soon! I'll be home March 12-16. Can we plan it sometime in there?? Love you, friend!

Brittney Harmon said...

I would love to see your recipe, too! A chai date sounds amazing (we can each bring our own kind and see which we like best)!!! Let me know when you're free :o)