Cookbook:Pakistani Chai

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Pakistani Chai breaks down into two parts: the regular, more popular one is Chai, and the Punjabi one(Punjab is one of the provinces in Pakistan) is called Dud Patti (literal English translation: milk tea). The only difference is that regular Chai uses water, milk, and tea, and Dud Patti uses milk, and tea, not water.

Serving size: 2
You could get loose tea from any Pakistani and/or Indian store. Some brands are Tapal Danedar, and Lipton.

Ingredients and Tools[edit]

  • 1 medium/small pan (must at least 5 inches deep)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (the more, the merrier; well until it reaches the perfect Latte-like color)
  • 2/3 - 1 cup water
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of loose Chai tea
  • 2 pieces of whole cardamom (optional, but it gives out a nice aroma..)
  • Strainer

Procedure[edit]

  1. First pour the water into the pan and let it simmer. Put the stove on medium-high heat. Tear the cardamom shell (or grind it) and throw it in the pan.
  2. Then quickly put the milk in the microwave (obviously in a microwavable container) and heat it for two minutes, or when it is very close to boiling over.
  3. When it nearly reaches a boil put the loose tea in slowly. Don't overwhelm the pan.
  4. Then pour the milk in the pan, until it reaches a light brown color. It'll get only a shade or two darker when it's done and you don't want to drink an ugly cup o' tea. Raise the heat to the highest mode of heat.
  5. If you think you put too much of the milk then take a big spoon or spatula and mix it continuously. Remember: This all goes VERY fast, so be prepared ahead of time with your utensils.
  6. Take it off the heat when the Chai is about to boil over and pour it in the cup using a strainer. Put in sugar to sweeten if preferred. Dipping Tea Rusks and wafers goes quite nicely with Chai.

Notes[edit]

Some people prefer making it in a very low heat because it brews slowly and there is not a need of warming the milk. You put all the ingredients in the same order but you don't warm the milk in the microwave. Others put the milk with the water from the start and put the tea in later.

If you are making tea with teabags, then put in three teabags in the pan.