Masala Chai is my newest invention. As a Tambram I am a real coffee person fond of filter coffee. Even though, milk is part of 5 whites to reduce, I am not able to reduce my coffee intake. When I told this to my doctor, he asked me to try changing atleast one coffee to tea. What to do!!!! Necessity is the mother of invention, I am experimenting to make tea which is as aromatic as coffee.
As part of my experiment, I now feel that Tea has so many variation possible, which are not possible in Coffee. As brewing tea can have variety of ingredients, which are not possible with Coffee. Though coffee is a real winner in my mind, tea comes very close to coffee because of limitless variations possible. I make masala chai to suit my mood, which is not really possible with coffee.
Here is the recipe for masala chai.
- 2 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Tbsp Tea powder
- 2 Nos Elaichi
- 1 Tbsp Grated Ginger
- 1 Piece Cinnamon Stick 1 inch long
- 2 Nos Cloves
- 1/2 Nos Annaci poo Optional
- 1/2 Tsp Saunf Optional
- 1 Pinch Nutmeg/Jadikkai Optional
- 1/2 Tsp peppercorm Optional
- 2 Tbsp Sugar To taste
Add one cup of water and bring to boil. Add all ingredients except milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow water to reduce to half.
Now add milk to the boiling water and bring the whole drink to boil again.
Strain and serve hot aromatic tea.
*As you can see in the list, add ingredients offer variation in tea. I add peppercorn during chill time as it prevents cold.
*On a day to day basis, I add clove, Elaichi and cinnamon stick to the brew. These are always available in my house and incidentally I store them together. Addition of these alone bring huge variation to the tea.
*You can powder the spices and store. You can add the powder to tea as per need.
*I prefer using whole spices as I believe it retains natural oil and gives more benefit. To me it is simpler also rather than storing one more powder.
Masala tea – Step by Step instructions
*Add a cup of water and bring to boil. Add the spices along with tea and simmer.
*When water reduce to half, add milk and bring to boil.
*Strain and serve hot.