Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea

Saunf wali chai | Fennel infused tea | A four ingredient tea that is perfectly sweet with the lingering aroma and flavor of freshly ground fennel seeds.

Last year while away from home on a holiday we had dinner at a family owned Indian restaurant. Our little one is a true Desi baccha (Indian kid) in all respects, especially when it comes to craving ghar ka khana (homemade food). Not wanting overly heavy, cream laden food, we opted for a small local joint that patrons seemed to love. Dinner was buffet style with a mix of popular picks and off beat saabzis and daals. Upon finishing dinner my husband noticed there was a chai station. He asked me to try it, knowing chai is one thing I’m particular about and if I liked it, he would as well.Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea

 As soon as I tried that chai, it was love at first sip, a familiar taste that I hadn’t relished in years. My husband called it pind wali chai because of how homely it tasted. This was no ordinary chai, it was creamy, smooth and perfectly sweet with the lingering aroma and taste of saunf/fennel.

Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea

Saunf; fennel seeds is a magic spice that aids in everything from digestion, balancing hormones, purifying blood, regulating heart rate, lactation and more. In Ayurveda, fennel seeds are considered very auspicious. They were extensively used in various recipes in ancient India. Imagine, an age old secret of health available to use right in our own kitchen!
Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea
Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea
With it being the time of year for get-togethers, dinner parties and gluttony, I’ve partnered brought you a recipe for Saunf Wali Chai (fennel tea) to help aid in digestion and act as a post dinner treat this holiday season. For this recipe I’ve used extra strong, premium loose black tea.
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Saunf wali chai | Fennel infused tea | A four ingredient tea that is perfectly sweet with the lingering aroma and flavor of freshly ground fennel seeds.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon loose black tea
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, freshly crushed
  • 1 cardamom pod; lightly crushed
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar or powdered gud
Method
  1. In a saucepan, add water and heat until simmering.
  2. Crush or grind the saunf/fennel sends in a mortar-pestle or with a rolling pin. Add in crushed saunf and bring to a rapid boil for 3-4 minutes, until the color of the water changes to a mild minty hue. The saunf releases it’s flavors in the water and thus the color of the water changes.
  3. Add loose black tea and boil for about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the milk and adjust heat to medium high (to a rolling boil), allowing flavors to mix well for about 6 minutes.
  5. Mix in the brown sugar or gud and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the lightly crushed cardamom pod and turn off heat after 30 seconds.
  7. Remove from heat and sieve the tea through a strainer right, divided into two cups.
  8. Serve hot.
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Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Saunf Wali Chai | Fennel Infused Tea

  1. Hi Nisha. I was first introduced to Saunf chai a few years ago by a friend’s husband who prepared it. I drink fennel water as an Ayurvedic concoct but never thought it can be included in a chai. A few days ago, I ran out of ginger and still craving chai, I decided to try saunf wali chai. I came across the recipe in your blog. I made a few changes in the proportion of ingredients but the chai was so refreshing! Thank you so much for the recipe. This is already a go-to chai in my recipe box.

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