Let’s talk about India's most famous Masala Chai. Known for its great taste and high anti-inflammatory properties, Masala tea, which is also known as 'spiced tea’, has been there from generation to generation as a treasured tradition.
Masala tea has evolved into many variations with nearly every household. Savoured by millions in India, masala tea is sold across the country by chai wallahs and tea vendors, who pour the tea like a pro from big teakettles into small cups.
Masala Chai Recipe
Generally, in India, masala tea is prepared with black tea. Traditionally, it is made with multiple spices. With a plethora of spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and peppercorns, Masala tea is your instant pick me up.
Though you can find multiple tea blends in the supermarkets, making your own cup of masala chai is easy and more satisfying. So here's the DIY step:
- Take 2-3 pieces of each of the following: Green cardamom, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and fennel seeds.
- You can either crush them coarsely or grind them together in a blender and keep it aside.
- Pour milk in a heavy pan (with handle). While you stir the milk occasionally, put sugar, ground spice mixture, crushed or grated ginger, and black tea leaves
- On low heat, let the tea boil for 3 minutes so as to infuse all the flavours.
- Now serve the hot masala chai in a cup or "cutting chai" glass or kulhad and enjoy.