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Indian Masala Chai

Indian Masala Chai is lifeline of India, there is no one in India who hasn’t ever had their chai. I think as kids the first thing you are taught at home is making chai, so that the parents cant enjoy their tea made by kids sometimes rather that having to work hard for it. Haha! Atleast that was the case at my home. Every corner in India has a chai wala (tea seller) selling tea and is often served in a small earthern pot or glass cups.

The Term ‘Chai’

Chai is an universal term and it is so exciting to see everyone knows what a Chai is. But again it is popularly also known in the western world as Chai Tea Latte which technically means nothing because Chai = Tea and you can’t call something Tea Tea Latte. Chai is always made with Milk and thus adding the word Latte too doesn’t make any sense. But Indian Masala Chai is now making waves throughout the world!

I don’t make chai that often at home any more because of many reasons but given a chance I can never say no to it as well. But trust me there are serious fans of Elaichi Chai (Cardamom Tea) and Adrak Chai (Ginger Tea). Which side are you on?

Recipe

The trick to getting good chai is buying the right tea leaves and I keep experimenting between a lot of brands.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try and yes if you are sometime around my part of the country, come home for some chai and biscuit 🙂

 

Print Recipe
Indian Masala Chai Yum
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Using a pestel mortar, pound the cardamom and cinnamon for extra flavor. This tea is flavored with cardamom, you can choose to add a tbsp of grated ginger instead of cardamom for Ginger Tea.
  2. In a sauce pan, add water and the pounded spices and bring it to a good boil on medium flame.
  3. Add the black tea leaves and sugar and keep on boiling the water on medium flame.
  4. Add milk to this now and boil it for another 2 mins.
  5. Using a tea strainer, strain the chai into a cup. These strainers are popularly used by bakers to dust sugar on cakes. And now enjoy your chai
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