Chai…not that fake powder mess!

Chai is sold all over the place, but it often isn’t the ‘authentic’ chai that Kenyans are used to.

ChaiMost places will sell you the chai that comes powdered out of a box, mixed with water.  It tastes fine until you get a chance to taste the real thing.  That’s when you know what real chai tastes like.

For those of you who are looking for the real thing (or just dying to see what the ‘real’ thing tastes like), here is how chai is made in Kenya!

So if you want to enjoy some freshly brewed Kenyan chai, you will need:

· Cooking pot/sufuria
· Water
· Milk
· Tea strainer/sieve
· For extra flavour, take spice/seasoning such as Tropical Heat‘s Tea Masala (ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, black pepper and nutmeg)

1. Mix the water and milk into the pot. For each cup of milk, match it with a cup of water i.e. one cup of milk, one cup of water. Should you prefer to have a thinner percentage of milk, you can simply adjust the ratio to 1 part milk and 2 parts water.
If you want that “kick” in your tea, you will add a small serving of tea masala to infuse with the mixture at this first stage.

2. Set it up on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil.

Some folks add sugar/sweetener to the boiling mix before serving. However, if you have a guest who does not take sugar, you may want to hold off on adding it.

Also, this is the point where “nylon” is created – nylon is the boiled mixture of water and milk that can be used to make hot chocolate or instant coffee/tea.

3. Turn off the heat before the mixture boils over the pot.

4. Add a spoonful of tea leaves and stir to mix it all around.

At my house, we would rather do this rather than let the tea leaves boil together with the nylon because it can make the tea too strong.

5. Cover the pot and wait 3-5 minutes.

6. Filter into a thermos, tea pot or jug using a tea strainer/sieve.

7. Pour into a cup, add sweetener and enjoy your chai!

Source: Don’t Touch My Chocolate

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