Today in Ohio it is a cloudy cold day with the threat of rain. While sitting snug as a bug at home in my cozy sweats, I can’t help thinking about comfort food. Which for me usually equates to something hot and sweet in the winter and cold and sweet in the summer. If you are not familiar with the term “comfort food”, I define it as food that a person is instantly drawn to when feeling strong emotions – positive or negative. Wikipedia defines “comfort food” as familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informal restaurants. They are foods that are often emotionally significant to a person or group of people and are sometimes related to pleasant associations of childhood. Either way, I think you get the picture.
Never a stranger to multi-tasking, I find myself engrossed in blogging, tweeting, watching the Bengals’ game while simultaneously thinking about and searching allrecipes.com for comfort food. I was excited to discover the following recipe for Indian Chai Hot Chocolate, as it appeals to my winter comfort food craving – hot and sweet to taste while easy to prepare.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- chai tea**
- 1 (.55 ounce) package instant hot chocolate mix
- Mix water and milk together
- Bring to a boil (either microwave or stove top)
- Pour liquid over chai tea and steep according to tea directions and strain
- Stir in the hot chocolate mix
** There are many chai options. Some of my favorite chai teas that I would use in this recipe are: Black Vanilla Chai from Dragonwater Tea, Original Masala Chai from Yogic Chai, or Indian Spice from Harney and Sons Fine Teas. If you are not a loose tea drinker or prefer the convenience of a tea bag, feel free to substitute for this recipe.
I hope you enjoy creating and drinking this winter treat. Please return to share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!