Masala Chai Recipe

Masala Chai Recipe

Preparation Time : 10 Mins

Total Time: 25 Mins


Ingredients

1 Small Cinnamon Stick (about 2”)
½ Tsp Black Peppercorn
½ Tsp Fennel Seeds
1 Star Anise – 1 (optional)
2 Cardamom Pods
1” Ginger Piece
4 ½ Tsp Sugar
4 ½ Tsp Black Tea
1 ½ Cups Water
1 ½ Cups Skimmed Milk (or of choice)

How to Do

Masala Chai, the Indian spiced tea, is a celebration of some of the finest spices the country has to offer.  This spiced tea is brewed with spices, ginger, and tea, simmered with milk, and sweetened with sugar.

Utensils: pot, pan

Directions:

 

STEP 1:

Gently crush the spices using a mortar and pestle. This will help them release more aroma.

 

Tip: You can pound the spices and store them for later use.  Use a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle to grind the spices (without ginger) to a coarse powder.  You can store this powder in an airtight container for a couple of months without losing the freshness and aroma.  

 

STEP 2:

In a pot add 1 1/2 cups water. Add the crushed spices and the thinly sliced ginger.

 

STEP 3:

Switch on the stove and place to pot. Bring to boil.

 

STEP 4:

Reduce to simmer and add the tea. Bring to boil and reduce to a low flame. Simmer for 30 secs.

 

STEP 5:

Add sugar. Combine well. Add milk of choice. Bring to boil on a high flame.

 

STEP 6:

Reduce to a low flame and simmer for 30 secs. Switch off. Enjoy!

 

Notes: 

You can tweak and amount of ingredients used to suit your palate. You can add more spices, like cloves and nutmeg. Use jaggery* instead of sugar for sweetening, if you would like to give it a more authentic twist.


Jaggery, derived from sugarcane, is an unrefined form of sugar. It is healthier than normal sugar as it contains minerals and vitamins.


Always use the best ingredients you can get. The quality of the spices and tea makes a significant difference to the masala chai.



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