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March 26, 2008

Masala Chai - Masala Tea Recipe-Spiced Indian Tea

This was my original entry idea for MBP this month, focussing on Mixed Drinks. I slightly digressed and posted the spiced buttermilk instead. Blame it on the weather. After the summer showers, Hyderabad is cooler now and a hot cup of malasa chai is just what we crave. The recipe is from none other than Asha from her awesome blog, Foodie's Hope.

Whenever I make tea, it's usually ginger tea or cardamom tea, but never both, leave alone other spices. It just never occurred to me, though I have all the common spices in my kitchen at all times. This was such an obvious yet brilliant idea and I really relished the drink.

In Singapore, Masala Chai is one of the most popular drinks in Indian restaurants when I go out for meals with non-Indians. The hotels here add condensed milk instead of milk which gives a wonderful flavour to the tea although it's not practical for us to make tea with condensed milk at home all the time.
Here is how I make Indian Masala Chai
Boil 1 tbsp tea leaves in half cup water. Add 2 cloves, 1 cardamom, a few cinnamon pieces and some grated ginger. Add 1 cup milk and bring to boil again. Do not boil for too long, simmer add required amount of sugar and remove from fire. Serve hot
Other Drinks Recipes On This Blog
Ginger Tea
Spiced Buttermilk
Lichee Lemon Cooler