How to make Chaya Kadohi - An aromatic drink made with nilgiri tea leaves.

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Main Ingredients : Nilgiri tea (नीलगिरी चाय), Sugar (चीनी)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Beverages

Chaya Kadohi Recipe Card

Chaya Kadohi

The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chaya Kadohi Recipe

  • Nilgiri tea 1 teaspoon

  • Sugar to taste

  • Rose water 1 teaspoon

  • Lovage leaves 2-3


Step 1

Place the water in a pan. Rub the tea leaves with the tips of your fingers to help release the aroma.

Step 2

.Add them to the water and bring it to boil. Boil for 2 minutes, add sugar to taste and the rose water. Cover and boil for few seconds. Allow to cool, then chill. Add the lovage leaves before serving.