How To Make Ginger Tea | Adrak Chai - Recipes Blogs

How To Make Ginger Tea | Adrak Chai

Chai has always been my first love. The coffee habit came to me much later in life. Funnily, as a 10 year old, I'd be allowed the occasional tea, but coffee was always considered a grown ups' drink in my Tambrahm home. May be a tiny sip of the last dregs from my grandmom's tumbler, but no more, mind you! I think Chai was the first thing I started making in the kitchen. The afternoon tea would be had at 3/3.30 pm, with a couple of biscuits, and then it was time to get things ready for tiffin.

When I go back home to Mumbai, Amma makes the tea at a set time in the afternoons and funnily my 6 year old joins us for the tea. He makes it a point to start nagging her from 2 pm onwards, "Ammama, is it tea time yet"" He is completely in love with her milk and sugar-rich tea and it find it cute how he hangs around in anticipation of a little cup of tea for himself. 

After my vacation time at Mumbai when I come back home to Bangalore, I miss the tea times and the taste of Amma's tea. It is something I can never replicate in my kitchen. Like I had tweeted once - give tea leaves, water and milk to a large group of people and ask them to make tea. No two teas will taste the same. It depends on the water used, the quantity of tea leaves, how long they are boiled (or not), what milk is used, how much milk, is the milk boiled, is sugar added to the water or stirred in the end - the possible variables are truly mind boggling. 

Come rains and I crave for that steaming hot cup of adrak chai, more than anything else. I can easily say no to pakodas but not to a cup of strong, well made chai, with a bold flavour of ginger. The ginger in the chai should shout out loud, none of those mild there-but-not-there flavours for me!
I often end up using ginger in three forms - yeah, I'm crazy! Fresh ginger - pounded, dried ginger powder and then once the tea is ready, the spice drops form of ginger. The resultant tea screams ginger, and if you are like me, you will absolutely love this. My recipe is for a sweet adrak chai. Feel free to omit sugar or add zero calorie sweeteners, totally your choice :)

Sometimes, adding too much ginger might split the milk when you add it to the tea, so I usually bring it to a boil separately, add it to the tea and not boil them together. 

How to make Adrak Chai | Indian Ginger Tea
Makes 2 cups
Time taken: 10 minutes

1 3/4 cups water
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, crushed
1/2 tsp dried ginger powder (soonth powder)
3.5 tsp CTC tea*
1/2 cup milk
3 tsp sugar
Ginger spice drops (optional)

In a saucepan, bring the water to boil with the crushed fresh ginger and ginger powder.
Let this boil until reduced a bit (to about 1.5 cups of water). This ensures that the ginger flavours are infused into the water.
Add the CTC tea, reduce the flame and allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring the milk to boil in a small saucepan.
Add the milk to the tea, simmer for 2 minutes and ...
Source: Saffron Trail


Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

18-10-2016 03:36 - ( recipes )

Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Junior Mint Cookies

26-05-2017 16:07 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Mango Jelly Recipe - Mango Agar Agar Pudding Recipe

This is a really easy recipe you can make with mangoes and agar agar. It uses fresh mango fruit and along china grass. The pudding taste really fresh and kids will love it for sure.Similar Recipes,Orange JellyStrawberry JellyMango PuddingSago...
14-05-2016 03:34 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

1 Hour Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Warm buttery dinner rolls are our thing! Are they yours too" There is just something about a fresh roll — the smell, the taste, yeah — we love everything about them. That’s why we’re excited that we found these 1 Hour Soft and Fluffy Dinner...
25-07-2016 03:32 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Lemon Crumble Breakfast Cake

21-03-2017 16:06 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus


1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced2 tbsp butter1 cup sliced mushroomsdash of salt1 tsp berry-balsmic vinegar4 slices medium thick sliced cheese of your choice8 slices sourdough bread1 tsp melted butterIn a skillet, melt the 2 tbsp butter and add...
31-03-2017 16:05 - ( recipes )

Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Caramel Praline Sheet Cake

24-09-2016 03:33 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Rice and Black Beans with Cilantro and Lime

This is a terrific side dish to pair with most any Mexican main dish. I served this rice and black beans with cilantro and lime with the Spicy Shredded Pork Tacos with Avocado and the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. I served my portion on the side but my...
16-10-2015 03:41 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Low-Carb Recipe Love: Ten Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers Recipes

Every Friday we spotlight low-carb recipes you might want to try over the weekend, and this week we're focusing on Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers Recipes! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like these.Click here to PIN this...
17-02-2017 16:06 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Kalyn Picks the Top Ten Holiday Gifts for People Who Love to Cook

If you're looking for holiday gift ideas for someone who loves to cook, here are ten of my favorite kitchen gadgets that I think would be a hit with anyone who spends time in the kitchen.Sometimes I long for the days when Christmas shopping...
30-11-2015 03:39 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Carrot and Poppyseed Loaf

We love carrot cake in this house. You probably have noticed, I\'m sure. I have a delicious recipe for a Scrummy Carrot Cakeon here (this one has pineapple and shredded coconut in it, with a cream cheese frosting), plus another delicious recipe...
05-09-2016 03:31 - ( recipes )

Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Glazed Walnut Butter Cake

17-05-2017 16:08 - ( recipes )
Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Au Jus

Real Irish Scones Recipe

This is my first ever scones recipe. I have made it before, it is a candied ginger flavoured one. But i didn\'t take pictures of it. So i decided to make for this season and share it. This is a basic irish scones recipe and it taste amazing. So...
09-12-2016 03:35 - ( recipes )