Masala Chai

Masala Chai

Whenever I visit my friend Dana she usually make Masala tea and my hubby started to like the taste very much. I'm not sure how she makes them as I don't usually like to have spice in my tea but recently I got hooked to Masala tea after trying a cup at Taj Indian Store..I happened to be a coffee freak.What's actually Masala Chai or Tea?Anyway there is no fixed recipe or preparation methods for brewing and each has their own version of preparing them.

Source Wikipedia
Masala Chai or tea is a beverage made by brewing tea with mixture of aromatic India spice and herbs like cloves,cinnamon,dried ginger,star anise, peppercorns and cardamon pods.I kinda of getting lazy in cracking or grinding the spice to prepare the chai..To make life easier for me I grind the tea leave with masala spice and store them. Whenever I feel like to pamper myself with a tea all I have to do is add a couple of spoonful of the mixture to boiling water,strain add milk an d sugar enjoy with cookies..

Ingredients: To make the Masala Tea Powder
1 cup loose tea leaves-I use Brooke Bond Red Label Tea (Orange Pekoe)
5 cardamon pods
1 small cinnamon stick
5 cloves
2 star anise
1 small dry ginger
1tbsp chopped mint leaves
few strand of saffron

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse to a mixture and keep in air-tight container.

water by 2/3 cup per person
milk by 2/3 cup per person
sugar accordingly to taste
1tbsp masala tea powder

Preparation Method:

Boil the water in a large saucepan. Once it starts to boil add the masala tea mixture and bring to a boil. Strain the mixture to tea cup,add hot milk and sugar. Freshly brewed Masala Chai is ready to enjoy...


Comments

Akal's Saappadu said…
doing masala tea ourselves with all fresh ingredients is something, right? I love masala teas too;

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