Hands up all the chai hards out there? Yep, we’re one of them too. There’s just something about this delicious spice concoction that warms the cockles of your heart and makes all your troubles seem far away.
We recently caught up with boss lady Uppma Virdi, the brains behind awesome chai business, Chai Walli, to learn some lesser known facts about the magical spice combination and how to make chai granola.
Hey Uppma, what are the top 3 things to know about chai?
- Chai is the national drink of India and is typically consumed 4-6 times a day over there.
- Chai is the Hindi term for tea (cha is the Punjabi term for tea). So when people say chai tea or chai latte that means “tea tea” or “tea latte”.
- Chai is like a warm hug. It’s not meant to be overly spicy or too weak, it’s meant to be a smooth flavour of spices which you feel in your entire body—this is what we call a chaigasm.
How do you make the perfect chai?
Firstly, you need some delicious chai spices, the right utensils and access to a stove, this includes a delicious chai mix like Chai Walli, a pot to brew the chai in, a handled strainer, water, milk (any type), glasses and your sweetener of choice (we recommend jaggery).
Now to extract the best flavour notes out of your chai, for two serves, you need to add 1.5 cups of water to your pot, put the flame on medium and add 2-3 teaspoons of your chai mix. Brew for a few minutes before adding 1/2 cup of milk. Brew for a few more minutes—if you want your chai super strong, the longer you brew the better. You can do some brewing tricks before straining (increase the flame so that the chai simmers to the top, then decrease the flame before the chai spills over your pot! This makes the chai super creamy and frothy). Strain your chai into your chai glasses using your strainer and add jaggery to sweeten.
As the chai is super hot when you strain it, in India we sometimes slurp our chai to cool it down. Alternatively, if you have manners you can wait for your chai to cool slightly before drinking.
Is there a crazy chai recipe you can share with us?
There are so many things you can do with chai from chai poached pears, to chaijito’s, chai mulled wine, to chai creme brulee! Below is an easy recipe for you foodies to make at home.
Chainola (Chai Infused Granola) | Chai Walli Granola Recipe By Nomadic Fit Foodie
3 cups oats
3 tablespoons Chai Walli
1/4 cup agave
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup golden flaxseed
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut chips
pinch of salt
Any seeds, nuts or sweeteners you have available
- Pre heat oven to 160°C
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Grind up the chai to a fine crumb using a mortar and pestle
- Add in the oats, chai, seeds, coconut chips and salt in a large bowl
- Melt the coconut oil and agave in a saucepan on low until smooth
- Stir in the coconut oil and agave
- Combine well to coat the dry ingredients with the wet
- Spread the mixture evenly on the baking tray
- Bake for 30-40 minutes on 160°C
- Toss the mixture during the baking process to cook out til golden
- Once golden brown, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool.
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Image credit: Nomadic Fit Foodie