Do you drink chai? Do you call it chai tea? Or maybe you’ve ordered it at Starbucks and call it a chai latte. For the love of my Uncle Hameed, please know that “chai” is another word for tea. And if you call chai, chai tea, or order a chai latte (which Starbucks does not add a shot of espresso) you are agreeing to conform to the masses and its acceptance of not knowing what you’re talking about. I’m not judging you. In fact, I used to call it chai tea myself. That is until Uncle Hameed, my husband’s uncle, schooled me. Given the fact he is from Pakistan and drinks chai daily he would know a thing or two about tea.
Everything I want to say about chai I’ve already written about it here in my PBS Parents column. The only fact I can add to this conversation is how much I love drinking chai. If I were five years old, I would marry chai. Because when you’re that young, you want to marry everything you love.
Below is our latest PBS episode of Kitchen Explorers. In this video Uncle Hameed shows me how to make proper chai and his gentle spirit will inspire you to make this popular tea at home. Hope you enjoy it.
- Assam tea
- green cardamom pods, smashed
- cinnamon sticks, broken
- whole cloves, smashed
- sugar or other sweetener, to taste
- For the full recipe, please see Alice’s PBS Parent’s column here.