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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Indian Spiced Sweet Tea "Masala Chai"

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When MIL came for a visit, she got me 2 packets of "Assam Black Tea powder/granules" and she says they make the best spiced sweet tea.It did and we all enjoyed sipping our evening tea until we exhausted it. She also gave me 2 large packets of Ooty Green Tea that I take to work.
Now that I have run out of my assam black tea powder, I picked up Brooke Bond 3 Roses "Mind Sharp" from Indian stores.It makes decent Chai.I like my tea spiced and sweet but without going overboard with the spices.Its because a multitude of spices leave a bad after-taste in one's mouth, atleast that is how I feel. So this is my minimalist approach of making masala chai.Come sip with me.

Ingredients(For 2 Medium Servings):
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Black Tea Powder, Preferrably Black Assam Tea Powder
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2" Fresh "Mature Ginger" with skin , Young Ginger makes a disastrous Tea
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Small Clove
Procedure:
  • Pour milk and water in a sauce pan. To it add the black tea powder.
  • Pound the ginger and cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle. DO NOT smash the clove. Leave it intact.
  • Add the minced ginger-cardamom mixture and the WHOLE clove to the sauce pan. Finally add the sugar and stir to incorporate. Sugar may be added at a later stage according to preference. (Since me and DH like the same level of sweetness we add the sugar before bringing the tea to a boil)
  • Place the sauce pan on the stove and bring the mixture to a boil on a medium flame. Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes AFTER the mixture nearly bubbles over.
  • Filter the tea to remove the tea powder, minced ginger-cardamon and the clove. Now use the sauce pan and another pan with handle to "pull the tea" twice or thrice and make it frothy. 
  • Tea is ready to be served.

Spicy Crunchy Accompaniments for Sweet Tea:
 

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14 comments:

  1. Hubby loves tea. So sometimes will make him this chai..

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  2. you explained the process perfectly detailed..well done & the vadai look yummy too!

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  3. Looks very refreshing..and your starters are even more tempting!

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  4. ohhhhhhhhhhhh i want that spic tea with all that fried good i see in this post. You are making me drool in a hot summer day for fried food and chai.

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  5. be it sun or rain, i love my tea with all these spices...and will remember your tip on mature ginger

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  6. Wish to enjoy that masala chai rite now, those snacks looks super irresistible.

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  7. Loved the flavored tea looks so refreshing...

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  8. i too make milk tea with these spices!!!! The combo's u have presented are so damn tempting!!!!

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  9. i never tried adding a clove. will try this soon..nice clicks.

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  10. Love this refreshing n flavorful tea...your starters looks so appetizing !!

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  11. I am not a tea drinker..but its aroma is driving me towards u r den..n those yummy fritters wow..just feel like nibbling:)

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  12. Your chai made me refresh and OMG that pakodis and bajjis wow mouthwatering just perfect with chai.

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  13. I read your post and I really appreciate your experience. I will get good knowledge from there as well. Keep posting…
    Tea Masala | Spices & herbs

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