Ek Cup Banarasi Chai Hojaye? Come, Make Baarish More Special With This Perfect Chai Recipe

by Mallika Khurana
Ek Cup Banarasi Chai Hojaye? Come, Make Baarish More Special With This Perfect Chai Recipe

Most of the time, even the hint of chai makes us happy and relaxed. Really, we don’t even have to take a sip for it to deliver joy. Certainly, all the Chai people know what I’m talking about. *Those who aren’t, probably need to rethink all their life choices*

Even with heat waves bringing us down, a hot cup of chai somehow magically manages to comfort us. Yeah, it hardly makes sense, but chai and everything about it is more about emotions, isn’t it? Every cup of chai is special, but the ones we have on the roadsides, even when sometimes getting drenched in the rain, have something special about them. If you are looking for that feeling at home, this is where your search ends. We are here with a special Banarasi chai recipe you cannot miss!

Make Way For The Perfect Banarasi Chai

Kulhad chai
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We hardly ever need an excuse to have chai, but if you are looking for one for an extra cup of bliss, then go for Banarasi chai! Usually served in terracotta cups or kulhads, this chai is certainly special. Extremely popular amongst the locals and tourists in Varanasi, this chai has a reddish tone and the best flavours of every ingredient. One sip of this tea will transport you to the busy streets of Varanasi. There is hardly any convincing required for you to try this tea with a creamy and velvety texture. Hence, it’s time for the ultimate recipe!

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Here’s The Ultimate Recipe

Banarasi chai recipe
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Let’s get on with making the best cup of Banarasi chai there is with the ingredients listed below:

  • A cup of water
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • Sugar as per your taste
  • Half a cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of tea leaves
  • 2 green crushed cardamoms
  • 2 basil leaves

Next, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take some water in a pan and put it on the stove.
  2. Pound some ginger and put it into the pan along with some tea leaves.
  3. In another pan, pour some milk and heat it up.
  4. Add the crushed cardamoms and sugar to the boiling milk.
  5. Wash the basil leaves and add them to the milk as well.
  6. Bring both water and milk to a boil and turn off the heat.
  7. In a kulhad, strain the boiled water and add the milk on top of it.
  8. Mix it well and enjoy it hot.

Pro tip: While the basil leaves see optional, they are crucial for an authentic Banarasi chai flavour. You can also adjust the quantity of water and milk in your cup as per your preference.

Go ahead and enjoy it right away!

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