E -Elaichi waali Chai


E for Elaichi wali Chai ! Straight from the street kittli . Chai or tea as popularly known is a addictive hot drink and there will be just a handful who do not drink this . Among those handfuls I am included . Somehow I have never tasted tea . As a kid mom never gave us tea and after I grew older I never really tried it . People wonder how my day begins, but really I have never felt the need.

So how is it that I am posting a tea recipe ? Well this post is dedicated for all tea lovers , specially my younger daughter who is such big tea fan . A good Elaichi wali Chai is what she loves and wants first thing … no let me correct that .. anytime of the day .

Gujarat is very very popular for tea and we have Kitlis at every nook and corner . Kitlis are small time tea vendors , they have a small stall where they make tea throughout the day . They have jars filled with local biscuits , rusks and tit bits like khakhra which is a great accompaniment with Chai. Gujrat is popular for its cutting chai . Wonder if you have ever heard of this cutting chai? Cutting is when the chai glass is divided into two or three .. you see they are cutting the tea ! Lol !

Then we have bigger stalls , where they serve Rajwadu Chai . This is made with full fat milk which has chai masala . This tea is boiled very well and is quite heavy.

Now that I am writing about chai and Exploring the Flavors , I realise I can give you at least 5-6 types of the street chai’s of Gujrat and Gujju’s love their tea.I Will definitely write different posts on these .In the meantime do check this Elaichi Chai Cake with White Chocolate and Pistachio and Earl Grey Tea Cakes.

For today I have a tea which is flavoured with cardamom or Elaichi as we call it in India . Cardamoms have umpteen benefits . They are used to enhance the flavour in various sweets , desserts . It helps in digestion, reduces gas , acts as a mouth fresher . A tea with some roughly pounded cardamoms fills the house with a beautiful aroma .

These days we see so many varieties of tea , it is hard to choose . There are so many brands to choose from ,but we use Gujarat’s Vagh Bakri Chai . The water and milk ratio varies from a person to person , the sugar too varies and personally I feel it is the most tough thing to make . Here is how I made the chai and my niece Juhi loved it , she loved that aroma of cardamom and the earthen pot in which it was served . A sprig of mint gives it a wonderful aroma .

E -Elaichi waali Chai

Elaichi Wali Chai


1 1/2 cups water
2/3rd cup milk (you can use skimmed milk)
2-3 pods green cardamom seeds
2 tsps sugar
2 heaped tsps loose tea leaves


Place water in a pot , boil it .
Add tea leaves and pounded cardamom .
Let the tea brew a couple of minutes .
Add sugar and milk .
Let boil for another two minutes .
Switch off the flame and cover the pot for a minute .
Strain the tea in earthen pots or in your favourite cup .
You could add a sprig of mint for extra flavour .

E -Elaichi waali Chai

Here is what I have been posting under Explore the Flavors

A – Agre ka Bhalla

B – Bhungra Bateta

C – Chole Chawal

D – Dahi Wada Aaloo Dum


Elaichi Wali Chai

Chai is a spiced beverage brewed with different proportions of warming spices like Elaichi, which is the Indian name for cardamom
Course Tea Time
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup rdmilk you can use skimmed milk
  • 2-3 pods green cardamom seeds
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 2 tsps heapedloose tea leaves


  • Place water in a pot , boil it .
  • Add tea leaves and pounded cardamom .
  • Let the tea brew a couple of minutes .
  • Add sugar and milk .
  • Let boil for another two minutes .
  • Switch off the flame and cover the pot for a minute .
  • Strain the tea in earthen pots or in your favourite cup .
  • You could add a sprig of mint for extra flavour .

17 thoughts on “E -Elaichi waali Chai”

  1. My husband is in the same class as you — never tasted tea in his life. I was a social tea drinker until recently but I started making tea for myself 2-3 times a week in the evening. I like my hot cup of tea while working 🙂 I guess I shouldn’t get too used to it, but for now I’m kind of liking it. Love your presentation and I make my tea almost like you.

  2. Absolutely love the flavor of cardamom in the tea and it’s my favorite of all the tea flavors Really you don’t drink tea?? I’m really amazed by the people who don’t drink tea or coffee.

  3. I have folks around who cannot start their day without their cuppa chai. I love a nice steaming hot cup of kadak chai but occasionally. Love all the rustic props in the background.

  4. wow di I never new chai can be captured in such a dramatic way, Love the chai scene .. I will join you di we are not tea people too I just tasted once when I went rajasthan we didn’t find coffee in that place, Chai in those mitti ki glasses looks so comforting !! I would love cutting coffee with my hubby instead 😀 Such a wonderful write up di , I enjoyed reading it 🙂 I have heard of the very famous Earl grey cakes but never tasted them, The chai , the kettli, the story, the scene looks and feels awesome 🙂

  5. I need coffee in the morning and tea in the evening. I dunno if I can live without both. 🙂 It’s great to see people live without that caffeine. Love both cardamom and mint in tea. Elixir…

  6. Am an ardent fan of spiced chai, though i can drink both coffee and tea anytime of the day. If you serve me these flavoursome rich chai, i wont say ‘no’. Please its too tempting Vaishali, throw me some chai, will try to catch them virtually.

  7. My husband is an elaichi tea fanatic and his day would never start if he didn’t have one. You have presented it so beautiful Vaishali. I myself love elaichi tea so much and can have it any time of the day. It is so surprising that you don’t drink tea..

  8. That set up looks straight out of a chai wala store. I am a big fan of chai wala chai and crave to make some like that. I can never get that flavor when I make at home. The slight smoky and sweet tea is something I need to perfect in. Looks wonderful vaishali!

  9. This is a wonderful choice for the letter and though I am not a big tea drinker, I love elaichi wala one…I love your set up you have for this mega BM Vaishali, you have got in the whole street vendor feeling!

  10. I am a huge coffee fan but dont mind an occasional tea. But minus the cardamom! Yes, I am not a fan of elaichi! I don;t add it to kheer either! But you have got a beautiful choice for the alphabet Vaishali!

  11. M not a fan on tea or coffee,but I remember these kitlis all over Ahmedabad ; there was one near our branch office so people used to take extra tea breaks for a cup of that aromatic tea !

  12. I love elaichi chai and frankly won’t have tea if there is no cardamom. The entire setup looks so elegant and just like the street side chiawalas setup. You present everything so beautifully.

  13. Vaishali I was in the same boat as you, never had tea when we were growing up. Its only after my marriage I started drinking tea. During our road trips in India have had the extra sweet spicy tea and it really refreshes you. Loe the whole set up.

  14. ohhhhh i m getting the aroma here!!! I love chaai and my friends do say i make quite a good one! The only difference is i make it entirely with milk!
    Love the setup vaishali, those kulhad and that nail!!!! ohhhhh somebody takes good care of them!!!! Love the shade toooo!!!!!

  15. I am in the same group as you, Vaishali. I neither drink tea nor coffee and I don’t need them to start my day. On the other hand, my husband would go crazy without them. 🙂 And i know we don’t need to taste them to write about them. The people around us would give us enough inputs. :)))
    Love that setup with earthen pots and brass tea pot.

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