Monday, May 24, 2010

Making Chai at Home: no-muss, no-fuss

At the end of a long day, when all you want to do is unwind with a nice warm cup of chai and a good book, who wants excessive dishes?  Not I.  Making a chai latte can include as many elements as a kettle, a teapot, a mug, a measuring cup, a milk-warming device, a frother, a spoon, a trip to Starbucks...  The ways to complicate the process are endless and unnecessary when all that it really boils down to is a warm mug of spicy, creamy happiness, and who isn't happy with only one (or as many as two... the horrors!) dishes to wash?  A delicious chai latte is well within your grasp and it doesn't need to cost $4 a cup (or more!).

This isn't so much a recipe as it is a method, yet I am going to put it in recipe format to make it as easy to read as possible.  Because why should deciphering a blog post get in the way of you and a delicious chai latte?

Ingredients and Equipment:
1 chai tea bag (I recommend Great Lakes Chai)
1/2 mug of water
1/2 mug of milk (I recommend soy because, among other reasons, it adds another layer of flavor)
sweetener of choice (optional; I use agave)
1 kettle
1 mug
1 spoon or frother (optional!)

Ridiculously simple steps:
1) Boil water in kettle.
2) Pour water over teabag in mug.  Be careful to not fill the mug to the top - you need room for milk!
3) Let the tea brew.
4) Fill mug to the top with your milk of choice.
5) Microwave on high for about 1 minute.
6) Stir in sweetener.  I use a frother to get some of that delicious latte froth, but barring fancy tools you could use a spoon or even your finger if you want to save dishes.  :]
7) Enjoy!

Yes, I know that seems insanely obvious, but sometimes the simplest time- and effort-savers are too obvious to notice.

Question:
What are your ridiculously simple kitchen tricks that save you time (and dishes)?

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