Saturday, January 22, 2011

Masala Chai Tea from India

Masala chai (literally "spiced tea") is a beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.
Tea plants have grown wild in the Assam region since antiquity, but historically South Asians viewed tea as a herbal medicine rather than as a recreational beverage. Some of the chai masala spice mixtures still in current use are derived from Ayurvedic medical texts.
There is no fixed recipe or preparation method for masala chai and
many families have their own versions of the tea.

Masala Chai
1-1/2 cups water
1 inch stick of cinnamon
8 cardomom pods
8 whole cloves
2/3 cup milk
6 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
3 teaspoons any unperfumed loose black tea
Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover, and turn ff the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately.
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  1. I've never had chai tea, it sounds delicious

  2. I don't like milky drinks - would it be as authentic made with just water do you think?

  3. I drink it with just the spices some times and no sugar, right now have am drinking a cup just with the cinnamom, what ever spice you like is fine.