Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’ | How to make Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’

By Lubna Karim  |  26th Feb 2016  |  
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About Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’ Recipe

The word ‘Dum’ here means brewing the tea on very low flame by covering it with a lid to lock the aroma of tea. Dum ki Chai is prepared by combining tea decoction and milk. The tea decoction is made flavoursome by adding green cardamom and ginger. The milk is reduced and thickened by adding khoya/mawa. The chai is generally very thick and sweet. The aroma is mesmerizing and taste is lasting.

Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’

Ingredients to make Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1½ tbsp tea powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp Khoya
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger

How to make Quintessentially Hyderabadi ‘Dum ki Chai’

  1. In a sauce pan bring water to boil by adding crushed green cardamom and chopped ginger. Boil till water is reduced to half of its consistency.
  2. Now add tea powder and sugar cover with a lid and simmer the flame. Leave this to boil for another 8-10 minutes or until the consistency is reduced to half.
  3. In the meantime, take another saucepan and bring milk to boil. When the milk starts to boil simmer the flame and leave it to reduce by 2/3 rd of its consistency.
  4. Stir in khoya and keep stirring until khoya gets completely mixed in the milk. Simmer until this mixture is reduced to light creamy consistency in between.
  5. Pour in tea decoction and above thickened milk mixture in 1:4 ratios in serving glasses and serve hot.

My Tip:

You can substitute khoya with milkmaid. If you are using milkmaid then skip adding sugar.

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