One day at the coffee shop where I work, an older Indian man came in and ordered a chai latte. While he waited for it to be made, he asked if I had ever tried mint chai. I had never even heard about it. The gentleman gave me a basic recipe and, intrigued, I made a small batch a day or two later. The recipe mixes ginger, mint, honey, and tea to make a more mild and refreshing cup of chai. The ginger comes out more strongly in this recipe without the pepper and other spices to compete with it.
Pudina Chai - serves two
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1.5 cup water
- 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp black Darjeeling tea
1. Heat milk and water together over medium heat until simmering.
2. Remove from heat and add ginger and mint. Cover and steep for twenty minutes.
3. Return to simmering and add tea. Remove from heat and steep for five minutes.
4. Strain tea and add honey to taste.