Monday, June 4, 2012

Spiced Indian Tea

Masala Chai or Spiced Indian Tea  traditionally is prepared by boiling a mixture of water and milk with loose black tea leaves, some kind of sweeteners, and a blend of  ground spices. After a vigorous boil and a simmer, the tea is strained to remove the tea leaves and the spice blend and served.

The method for making the masala blend may vary from region to region, but  generally there are  five main ingredients that are commonly used. These are cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. 


1/2 tsp ground cloves
4 cardamon, crushed
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon powder 
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Mix the cloves, cardamon, cinnamon and black pepper powder. Keep aside.

To make the Tea, add 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of whole milk in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 2 Tbsp of black tea leaves and  bring it to a boil. Then add the masala ingredients and the grated ginger. Add whatever sweetener you desire and simmer for about 2 or 3 minutes to seep the tea leaves and masala.

Strain and serve hot.