There is something special about making your own Masala Chai Tea from scratch.
Sure you get an acceptably tasting chai from any of the commercially available chai tea blends. They taste fine.
But there seems to be an added depth and authenticity to your cup of chai when you gather the ingredients together and make your own blend, using mortar and pestle to bruise the spices…bringing out the very best in each pod, root, seed and nut and infusing it into your cup.
There is nothing quite like a hot cup of milky, spicy chai tea to warm the body and soothe the soul in the depths of winter.
Easy to Make Step-By-Step Recipe
Here is an easy to make recipe for Spicy Masala Chai I have adapted from a traditional Indian recipe.
You will see that you can prepare it in two ways.
The first is perfect if you want Chai NOW…but the second is my favourite. It allows the spices to release their full flavour into the tea…seeping their depths of scent and spice into the milky liquid.
Why don’t you try both and let us know which one you prefer?
Spicy Masala Chai Tea
3/4 cup water
2-4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
1 1-inch cinnamon stick
3-4 Black Peppercorns
1 piece star anise
pinch grated nutmeg
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
Sweetener, to taste (honey, sugar, stevia)
Must Have, Drink Now Chai
Truly, Deeply Spiced Overnight Infused Chai
Same ingredients as above=- just seeped overnight for a spicier, fuller taste.
To make a deeply flavourful tea – start the night before.
In a small saucepan combine the water with all the spices except the fresh ginger.
- Bring the pot to the boil and then remove from the heat. Cover the pan until the morning.
- In the morning add the sliced ginger and bring the tea to the boil. Simmer 2 or so minutes until the mixture if fragrant.
- Lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the tea is fragrant.
- Add the milk and tea leaves – simmer for another minute then turn off the heat.
- Let the mixture seep for 2 minutes.
- Pour into a cup through a fine sieve.
- Add sweetener to taste.
- Drink to your heart’s content.
This article was written by Moon Haven’s aromatherapist and founder Leonie Gully
and as such represents her personal opinion on the given subject.
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