samovar tea | samawar it chai

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1/3 cup black loose leaf tea
1 teapot
12 cups water (divided into 4 cups and 8 cups)
1 tea kettle
Hard candies for serving
1 small mesh strainer *
Clear heat-proof glasses, if you have them


  • Place the loose leaf tea in the teapot.
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a kettle, and then immediately pour the hot water over the tea leaves in the teapot. Let the tea steep for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While the tea is steeping, bring 8 more cups of water to a boil.
  • Once the water reaches a boil and the tea has steeped, serve the kettle, teapot, and candies to your guests.
  • Instruct your guests to do the following:
    • Use the mesh strainer to pour some of the tea concentrate from the teapot (depending on how strong you want your tea).
    • Top your glass off with water from the kettle.
    • If you would like sugar with your tea, keep a candy in your mouth while you drink the tea.


* Feel free to skip the strainer if you don’t mind the leaves. Most of them will stay in the teapot if you pour slowly, and the whatever makes it out will settle to the bottom of your glass.