Also known as noon chai, this amazingly pink beverage is made from the same tea leaves as green tea, but varies dramatically in taste. A bit salty and incredibly creamy, this chai tea is as unique in taste as it is in appearance. The colour comes from the tea reacting with the bicarbonate of soda.
Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the tea leaves and
Add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds, then add another
Reduce the heat to medium–low and add the milk, whisking very vigorously to achieve a slight froth. The tea should now be a lovely dark pink. If you add more milk, the colour will soften — the choice is yours.
Finally, add the salt and sugar and stir. Pour into four chai tea cups. Sprinkle with the ground nuts and poppy seeds and serve.
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