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08 April 2005 @ 01:05 pm
Does anyone know where you can buy *good* chai powder?
Mistress Servalanmsservalan on April 8th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
No - but I have an awsome chai recipie taught to me about 10 years ago by an original chai-tent hippy festival person!

You need: star anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon pods - take a few of each and crack in a motar and pestle (don't mush them up, just crack to release the essential oils). A little piece of fresh ginger is also good... Take as many teaspoons of good black tea as you are making cups of chai plus one! Put in a pot with the spices and the cold water - however much you want but it will reduce. Add a cup of soy milk (it actually seems to work out nicer than cow milk)... slowly heat till it's nearly boiling - the longer you cook it the tastier!

Add honey to taste and strain!

I love chai - and have been making it for years - I was so surprised when it went "main stream" as I always thought it was a bit too labour intesive to be made to order rather than stewing all day at home/ chai tent.

Everyone develops their own chai recipies and favourites - but this is generally how I make mine!

Maybe next shoot I'll make some up beforehand ;)
ex_serpentin289 on April 8th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
god that sounds like a great recipe, thankyou so much for sharing!!. it's not exactly wake up and stumble to the kitchen and prepare quickly type drink, but yummy nonetheless. i wonder how long it would keep in a glass jar?
Patrick Kelsolujan on April 8th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
Everyone's taste is different, but I quite like the Chai powder the cafe's in Border's Bookstores use, and its available in take home tins.
ex_serpentin289 on April 8th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
do we have border's bookstores here?
Patrick Kelsolujan on April 8th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
There is one in Macquarie Centre in North Ryde, I work accross the rd from it, and apparently one in Hornsby, the City & Bondi too.


Horrible places, I go in for one book, and walk out hours later full of Chai and with an armload of books ;)
Ms Felixfelix_femme on April 9th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
there is a Border's in Glasshouse off the Pitt Street mall in Sydney
Elle Graceelle82 on September 28th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure if you've used it but capucinne make a really yummy one, you can buy it from the cafe i work in, speedos at bondi beach. do you know it? anyway, we sell wonderful little tins.