The Monsoon is my favourite time of the year…..i forget about the wetness and the slush and the inconveniences people face…..i love to curl up on a chair, feet nicely tucked under me and sip on a cup of hot spicy tea…..sweet and strong and flavoured with ginger…..i love the smell of the earth after the rains wash it….
This year we almost didn’t have the rains….there was talk of the rains having failed and all that…..it affects the entire ecosystem…..reservoirs dry up which badly affects water and electricity supply….i was saddened that I wont have my favourite season……and then it came upon us…..later than usual….but in full gusto…..it has been raining pretty incessantly for the last couple of weeks…..just the perfect time for some ginger spiced cookies and ginger chai…..
I made these cookies from sunitha’s blog…..infact Deeba mentioned them and I was interested..i tried them and we loved them….just the right chewiness…..spiced and very mildly sweet….what’s more…they’re made of whole wheat flour…..these cookies have become rather regular at home….its just that the rains have made them all the more special…..
For the cookies recipe, see here
For the chai / tea
½ c milk
½ c water
1 ½ t sugar
1 heaped t tea leaves ( I used brooke bond’s Taj Mahal)
¼ t ground dried ginger
Mix the milk and water and bring to a boil, add the dried ginger, tea leaves and sugar and simmer for 3-4 minutes till it is dark and aromatic. Cover and let stand a minute. Strain into a cup and enjoy!!