Masala Chai

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.
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February 27, 2019
Total time:
35 Minutes
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Directions

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

  • 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. 
  • 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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