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My first chai experience was actually trying Lipton Indian Chai with milk and sugar. I'm not really into adding milk and sugar to my tea, but... this one particular combination seemed so tasty that I decided to try something more.

I checked a few recipes and wrote down the ingredients, wondering what would work the best. In the end, instead of trying some ready recipe, I just mixed the spices myself. In all honesty, I need to say that my first try turned out much better than the second one >.>; Too much cloves in my opinion. My family still loved both, however.

I like more spicy taste so I tend to add more ginger and even some pepper. Also some nutmeg. Other ingredients used: cloves, cardamom, cinnamon. I will probably try adding something else as well.

Other personal preferences - I like a lot of milk in my chai XD; The proportion I use is 5 to 8 (5 for milk, 8 for water). I also noticed that boiling everything slowly does improve the taste.
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On September 3rd, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC), xbluedawn commented:
Hey, fellow first timer. :) I'm glad you liked chai too.

How did you prepare the ginger? Right now all i could think of is the raw kind with the funny shape. XD

Brining the water to a boil slowly sounds like a good idea. I never knew that before so thank you for the tip.
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On September 3rd, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC), helike replied:
Chai is the best XD

I just cut off a piece, peel it and slice/cut it XD That's all.

Actually it's a mix of milk and water and spices in my case. I boil it up, add tea leaves and boil everything up again. I need to do it slowly as I'm skilful at burning stuff ^^;
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On September 5th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC), xbluedawn replied:
I was surprised that I liked it! :D

Thank you! There are also powdered and paste forms of garlic. It would be interesting to try those kinds as well and see which one would be best. :)

It's great that we're making chai tea using different methods. I'll try your way since mine was simply "boil and pour". XD
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On September 5th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC), helike replied:
Not only you to be honest XD

You mean it like tea with garlic? @__@ Sounds like some crazy combination.

Sure, go ahead XD But I admit that at my latest try part of the liquid just mysteriously disappeared from the pot >.>; I suppose there was something wrong with milk after all.
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On September 6th, 2010 08:07 am (UTC), fujiko1601 replied:
I think xbluedawn meant ginger instead of garlic.
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On September 6th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC), helike replied:
Quite possible.
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On September 8th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC), xbluedawn replied:
Yes, I meant ginger. XD *slaps forehead*
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On September 8th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC), helike replied:
Happens to everyone, no worries :)
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On September 8th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC), xbluedawn replied:
*ahem* Ignoring my ditziness...

Maybe it depends on the type of milk? I don't know how milk is categorized in your country, but here (Canada) we have homogenized, 2%, 1% and skim milk. Even a small difference like that might throw some things off. Homogenized milk is thicker than skim milk, for example.

I pretend I sound knowledgeable but in fact, I have no idea. XD Hopefully it will work another time.
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On September 8th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC), helike replied:
Funny thing is that I used exactly the same type that I always use -.-; The same producer, the amount of fat - everything >.>;
0%, 0,5%, 2% and 3,2% here (Poland). I usually use 2%, but try to convince mum to buy 3,2%. Tastes more like milk.

Thanks XD Indeed worked well when I tried it yesterday XD I suppose it was one time thing or something like that XD
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On September 6th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC), fujiko1601 commented:
I saw the Lipton chai in shop, but decided to go without because a) usually Lipton pyramid bags will be left gathering dust on my shelves and b) I have banned myself from buying new tea for now.

Initially I had this silly idea in my mind that since I don't like tea with milk I should use as little milk as possible. It turned out the opposite was true.

I think I like both mild and spicy chai as long it isn't watery. I plan to find something that is somewhere in between next.
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On September 6th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC), helike replied:
I'm not overly impressed by their fruit pyramid bags, but these I got were actually good. Quite surprisingly. My family is addicted to them now XD

I can see that *nods* That's more less what I did myself.

I don't quite have any comparison to "watery" chai, so I'm quite pleased with my results. For now at least.
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