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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
8-10 Green Cardamom pods A pinch of Salt
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Making Chai
Making Chai Masala (Makes 25 g)
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Making Chai
Making Chai Masala (Makes 25 g)
Instructions
Making Chai
  1. In a sauce pan, add water bring it to a good boil on medium flame.
  2. Add the black tea leaves and sugar and keep on boiling the water on medium flame.
  3. Add milk to this now and boil it for another 2 mins.
  4. Add 1/4 tsp chai masala and boil for just 1 min.
  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
Making Chai Masala
  1. Add all the spices in a pan on a low flame and stir for 3-4 mins. Transfer this to a pestle and mortar (to make a coarse powder) or to a coffee grinder (to make a fine powder). Store the chai masala in an air tight container and use within a month.
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2 Comments

Amanda Pleitez-Cortez · October 25, 2020 at 9:03 am

I have been making masala chai with lots of spices (fennel, clove, pepper corn, coriander, cinnamon, green tea, ginger, black and green cardamon, ginger, star anise, and another spice that I don’t know the name in English; it looks like black pepper, but I know is not black pepper because it does not have that strong smell. And I keep finding different recipes that do not include all these spices. I got this recipe from the clerk at an Indian super market. So how is real masala chai made?

    Paulami Sen · October 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Amanda, thanks for visiting my website. There are definetly different ways of making masala chai. Every family has their own secret spice mix that they use to make chai. Like my parents don’t use anything at all. I have recently done a LIVE video on making Masala chai spice mix from scratch and then making the chai using that mix. You can have a look at that video here – https://youtu.be/dEQ529HlD2E (my Youtube channel is named – Spice Trip with Paulami). Hope that helps!

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