|Masala chai - a spiced tea|
For a while now I have been meaning to make masala chai, a spiced milky Indian tea. Now, from what I understand this is usually quite sweet but in my recipe I cut down on the sugar since I always have my tea and coffee unsweetened. It was delicious with all those wonderful flavours of the spices and yet I don't have to fear that my new addiction will cost me my teeth. Yes, after having had just one cup of the stuff I am already hooked :-) No doubt families all over India have their own recipes for this and I bet it tastes different in every other household.
If you don't have the time to make this from scratch whenever you fancy a cup, why not put ground spices together with a little dried milk in a jar and when you are ready for your fragrant tea, simply pop a tea bag into a mug, add some of the mix and pour hot water from the kettle on top. Leave to steep and enjoy - couldn't be easier!
Masala chai - spiced tea
a 4cm stick of cinnamon or 2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns
a small piece of fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
150ml milk (or used dried milk powder - see post above)
2 tea bags (black tea such as Assam, Darjeeling,...)
optional: 2 - 3 tsp of sugar or some honey
- Place all the spices and the water in a pot and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the milk and sugar and leave to simmer for another couple of minutes.
- Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and steep for 3 minutes.
- Strain & enjoy!