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Please ignore how late this is.

I tried out several different recipes for chai. Despite all the possible possible spice combinations, the part that made the most difference for me is milk. I took seriously the recommendation that one of the recipes had to use half-and -half milk. After some research on what is meant by half-and-half I decided to use coffee cream (10% here). 3/4 glass of coffee cream and 1 1/4 glass of water and long heating time work nicely for me. I have discovered that this is the reason I have failed in my previous experiments - a little bit of milk in a cup of tea is just too watery. Using whole milk has been nice too.

I tried several recipes which mainly vary the amount of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Tried one with orange peals in it. That was... interesting. On one hand the orange taste was good on the other hand it felt a bit weird. Star anise one stood out as well, but I'm thinking of decreasing the amount of anise used.

For premade mixes I used teabags by Premier's . The brand is not bad, I should try it without milk. Just adding milk to it didn't work for me - too watery, adding sugar made it better, but then it was too sweet. Condensed milk was better, but still too sweet. Boiling the teabag in milk gave better results, but the taste came out too mild.

The problem with using green tea was that I couldn't figure out if there is any tea in it or not, it didn't even give colour. The taste was good, but it might have been just warm milk with sugar and cardamom in it. I only tried it once.

The first time I read the recipe with bay leaves and fennel in it, was a bit taken aback. I should not have been worried.

The proportion in which to use the spices? I still don't know. A lot more experimenting would be needed.

Entirely random, but this is my experiences in chai in almost two weeks.
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On September 2nd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC), helike commented:
From what I read there is no universal recipe, so I guess there is no universal proportions for the spices as well? It all depends on personal tastes IMO. I like the ones where there is more cardamom XD
I didn't mind having my chai with milk. I'm afraid I'd burn something if I tried to use cream =_=
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On September 3rd, 2010 09:32 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
Haven't tried finding universal yet, can't even figure out what I like myself :( . I had one without cardamom and that was okay too. 3,5% milk was okay, 2,5% not so much, especially if there was much less milk than water. The burning did give me a lot of trouble, but I managed to minimalize it with constant stirring.
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On September 3rd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC), helike replied:
I go with 2 glasses of water/ 1,25 glasses of milk proportion myself. Seen even 2/2 recipes.
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On September 3rd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
2,5% milk was okay if it was 100% milk :P
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On September 3rd, 2010 11:39 am (UTC), helike replied:
I always use 2% milk myself :P
If it's only with milk, is it still tea?
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On September 3rd, 2010 11:59 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
I'm not sure we have 2% milk available, 2,5% is the standard. As long it has tea leaves in it why shouldn't it be? XD *ignores herbal tea*
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On September 3rd, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC), helike replied:
Out of curiosity, do you have 0,5% or 0% milk as well? It's become somewhat popular here, no idea why.
XD Hm. Right XD
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On September 3rd, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
There is no fat milk, but I can't find the percentage at the moment and have been avoiding it myself.
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On September 2nd, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC), xbluedawn commented:
I'm interested in trying the chai w/ green tea recipe. What should be the ratio?

Your experience is much more interesting than mine. XD I'll make an entry after this comment.
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On September 3rd, 2010 09:48 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
The recipe I used

Green cardamom chai
for two
2 1/4 cup water
2 cardamom pods. cut in half
3/4 cup milk
6 tsp sugar
2 tsp green tea

Let the milk and water almost boil. Add cardamom and soak for 3 minutes lidless. Drain and enjoy.

I usually reduce the amount of sugar by half, but that's just me.

I kept doing all those experiments and still felt that I'm not getting anywhere.
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On September 3rd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC), xbluedawn replied:
Thank you for the recipe!

I kept doing all those experiments and still felt that I'm not getting anywhere.

How so? Is the taste not what you preferred?
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On September 3rd, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
Well, I liked doing it, but I didn't get any results in finding out what I like best. I'm so indecisive. XD
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On September 3rd, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC), xbluedawn replied:
Ah, I understand. XD Hopefully you'll find a recipe that really moves you. (As cheesy as that may sound!)
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