Cardamom Tea (Ilaichi Chah)

Cardamom Tea (Ilaichi Chah)
Serves 8

This tea is mellow than masala tea. It is flavored only with pods of green cardamom, which lend a tasty sweetness.

6 cups cold water
12 green cardamom pods
6 heaping tsp. leaf tea or 9 tea bags (orange pekoe)
1 (1" by 1/2") piece of lemon, lime, or orange peel
Scalded milk and sugar, to be served on the side

1. Combine water and cardamom in a deep saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Turn of heat and let soak, covered, for 10 minutes.

2. While the cardamom is soaking, rinse the teapot with boiling water. Add the tea and the peel to the

3. Bring the cardamom water to a full boil and pour it, pods and all, into the teapot. Let the tea brew for 2-3 minutes before serving. Add milk or sugar as desired to each cup.

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