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Cardamom tea?

I just ate a great Middle Eastern meal that was topped off with small glasses of hot cardamom tea that had been lightly sweetened. It was such a perfect finish I'd love to know how to make it. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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  1. 4 cardamom pods
    4 black peppercorns
    4 cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    4 slices fresh ginger, quarter slices
    2 tablespoons honey or sugar
    milk
    Place all ingredients in 2 1/2 cups of water, heat, but do not boil, for half an hour and strain.
    Add honey and milk.

    OR

    Ingredients
    5 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
    2 teabags
    4 tablespoons sugar
    Milk

    Instructions
    1. Put about 7 cups water into a large pan, add the cardamom and bring to the boil.
    2. Once boiling, add the teabags and sugar.
    3. Add enough milk to turn a milky tea-colour.
    4. Bring to the boil again and before it bubbles over, take off the heat.
    5. Pour through a strainer into cups.

    or if you don't feel like making it yourself, "republic of tea" has fantastic cardamom-cinnamon tea bags.

    1. just add cardemom to your teapot

      1. There is a wonderful recipe for "Spicy Indian Tea" in Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. It's the closest I've gotten to punjabi tea I've had in Indian restaurants. It might go a bit farther than just cardamom tea, but I highly recommend it...really quite delicious.

        For the tea spice mixture:
        1 tbs ground ginger
        2 tsp cardamom seeds, green and peeled
        1 tsp whole cloves
        1 tsp whole black peppercorns
        3-inch cinnamon stick, broken up

        To make 4 cups of tea:
        5 tsp loose black tea
        1 tsp ground tea spice mixture
        4 tsp sugar, or to taste
        1/2 cup whole milk

        Combine tea spices and grind as finely as possible. Store in an air-tight container.

        Combine tea leaves, spice mixture, 4 cups of water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Once at a boil, turn heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add milk. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a boil. Strain and drink.

        *You will be making quite a bit more of the spice mixture than it takes for one recipe, but trust me, you'll make it more than once.
        *I usually use about 5 tsp of sugar as per my taste.

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        1. re: rainbowbrown

          When you say cardamom seeds, do you mean cardamom pods? Sorry, but I haven't used this spice in its whole forms before.

          1. re: katydid13

            The pod is the fibrous case around the seeds. Extracting the seeds is not difficult, although it is somewhat tedious.

            1. re: katydid13

              in an application ,like tea, just smash the pods open,, there will be no harm done from the casing

          2. Thanks for all these ideas! These recipes all look a bit spicier than what I had; I definitely didn't taste any ginger, cinnamon or pepper. The tea was actually quite mild and pale -- so pale, in fact, that I wondered if there was any black tea in it. It will be fun to experiment!

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            1. re: katydid13

              You dont need to add all those spices - and in fact it might have been a "tea" that was just sweetened water boiled with cardamon seeds in it - or green tea.
              When we were in Jodhpur (India) recently, the spice shop we went to there made us a "chai" with a blend of spices only, and no tea.

              But I would make cardamon tea with black tea infused with some cardamon seeds in the pot. You would have to experiement to get the right balance. We recently were served a tea in a persian restaurant that, in addition to cardamon had a little earl grey tea in the mix. It was truly wonderful. The lady in india showed me that doing a little mixing and blending til you get the taste you like is the way to go.

              Finally, Tetley (now owned by Tata, a big indian conglomerate) has now come out with a line of teas from India which includes a Cardamon Tea. You can only get this in Indian grocery stores right now - its geared for the Indian Market and the Cardamon Tea is actually labelled Elaichi - which is the Indian name for cardamon - the line includes a Ginger tea as well. I got totally hooked on this when we passed through Delhj and the guest h ours owner served it - they drink it with a little milk and sugar - its good that way or without the miilk.

              In any event, enjoy!

            2. You can even just pour boiling water over cardamom seeds, nothing else. It's light and pleasant. Experiment.

              1. There's a restaurant I used to go to in Montreal that has a similar drink to the one you described. I've been trying to recreate it at home. What I've come up with yesterday (and it was delicious) was:

                6 cardamon pods
                1 anise star
                1 thin slice of lemon
                1 tsp sugar, honey or blue agave

                Place in a glass. Pour hot water over it. Let steep for about 3 minutes.

                They had a similar drink with cinnamon so I shall be trying that next.

                Cheers.

                1. You can buy Cardamon Tea at Arabic grocery stores.