My Daily Cup

It, amongst other things, makes my morning. I associate it with the morning sunlight that diffuses across light orange curtains on wide glass walls before the balcony my bedroom opens out to. It is my daily cup of cheer, joy, and dose of addiction I happily look forward to.

It isn’t easy to write about something so personal, like the jaggery-coated sesame rounds we ritually consume this time of the year. How do I share my experience of that, and the love it fills me with ? Plainly, I can’t. So, I’ll do the next best thing here : tell you how I prepare the cup, in its two avatars.

Light, Subtle and Simple (anyday)

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1 Pour water in a large cup, full.

2 Transfer to a saucepan and switch on the induction heater, set at midway of its 2 KW rating range.

3 Bring over the Darjeeling tea and unflavored condensed milk jars, and a saucepan lid, close to the induction heater.

4 When the water boils, pause the induction and pour into the cup. Wait for half a minute and pour back 3/4 of the water in cup into the saucepan.

5 Restart induction. Water will come to boil shortly. Keep a loaded regular-spoon full of Darjeeling tea leaves in readiness.

6 Switch off the induction as water comes to boil, pour the tea leaves into the water and place the lid over the saucepan. Note 2-3 minutes after mark on the clock.

7 Empty the cup of the 1/4 water into the sink. Take a stirring spoon (small), dip its tip into the unflavoured condensed milk jar, raise it back up vertically, wait till just about a drop remains on the spoon, and put the spoon into the cup.

8 Note it’s about 2-3 minutes after the tea leaves were put in the water. Pour the brew over filter into the waiting cup, with the stirring spoon.

9 Stir the brew in the cup. Give it another couple of minutes, munch a piece of plain cookies if you will, before sipping twice in succession.

10 Say “Aaahh.” Wait, feeling the light into the room, before taking your next two-sips…

II  Dense, Strong And Bursting With Complex Flavours

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1 Pour boiled over double-toned milk in a large cup, full.

2 Transfer to a saucepan and switch on the induction heater, set at midway of its 2 KW rating range.

3 Bring over the Darjeeling tea, CTC tea, and a saucepan lid, close to the induction heater.

4 When the milk boils, lower the induction to lowest rate and add a regular-spoon full of CTC tea. Let it rise to boil thrice, in less than half a minute.

5 Now switch off the induction, add a loaded regular-spoon full of Darjeeling tea leaves to the decoction, and place the lid over the saucepan. Note 2-3 minutes after mark on the clock and wait

6 Note it’s about 2-3 minutes after the Darjeeling tea leaves were put in the milk. Pour the brew over filter into the waiting cup.

7 Give yourself a few minutes, munch over plain cookies, before taking two quick slurping sips in succession, and say “Aaahhh.”

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