Chira’s Chai (courtesy of Chira Pagidi. Serves 2 ­– 3) ¾ cup milk ¾ cup water 1 – 2 whole green cardamom pods, smashed 1 – 2 thin slices fresh ginger 1½ teaspoons Brooke Bond Red Label Tea (Chira uses the powdered tea: “In this busy life, take advantage of technology,” he says.) Sugar to taste Bring ingredients to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Strain the chai and enjoy! ---- Margaret Fong’s One-Cup Chinese Tea-Brewing Instructions Tea type              Amount                       Temperature                     Brewing time White                    1 – 3 teaspoons                160 degrees F                    1 minute Green                   1 – 2 teaspoons                170 degrees F                    2 – 3 minutes Oolong                  1 – 2 teaspoons                190 degrees F                    3 – 5 minutes Black                     1 – 2 teaspoons                200 degrees F                    5 minutes Put tea in strainer, place in cup. Flush tea by pouring just enough hot water over leaves for five seconds. This awakens the leaves. Discard the water. Pour hot water into cup, per chart. Remove tea and enjoy. Use the same leaves for up to two more cups; add a minute each time.

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