PCA Cooks Vol. 1: Chai Tea

Chai Tea in the works!
Photo by: Lauren Burnam

PCA’s Cook Club: a student run organization for the Paris College of Art community for recipes, how-to’s, and really good food. Follow @pcacooks for tips on: easy meals, cooking shortcuts, and budget friendly restaurants.

This is Cook Club Vol. 1: Chai Tea.

In India, this tea is made up of a blend of whole peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a strong black tea of your choice. Chai tea was created as a helping drink within the tradition of the ayurvedic method and serves to be warming to the body, helping to fight fatigue and infection. If you missed the tutorial of Chai Tea hosted by the PCA cook club, no worries! We’ve got you. This recipe is so easy and feels like a hug on a cold day once served.

Ingredients:
Whole Peppercorns
Cloves
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Strong Black Tea of Your Choice
Milk (optional)
Sugar (optional)

STEP ONE: On the stove bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in a few of each pot the spices. Add two to four teaspoons of black tea or 4-6 tea bags.

STEP TWO: Let the mixture boil and then simmer. And serve!

*If you wish to add milk, you may either do so after serving or while boiling. If you add the milk to the boiling mixture make sure to watch carefully so that the milk doesn’t boil over. Add sugar to taste!

Wondering where you can get all of these yummy spices since they probably aren’t at your local monoprix? Student, Tahira Karim recommends Belleville Market: a great open-air market in the 11th arrondissement of Paris that sells any spice that you can imagine! Located right off the Belleville metro station and open Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 AM – 10AM.

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