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A Cup of Morning Glory – Masala Chai

Yesterday , I woke with a cloudy dark day and lazy mind to do anything other than just replying to unlimited messages I was getting , and why? I am the birthday girl!!!  and all I wanted for the day was to lie down on my couch, smile and get pampered.

However the fact was my kid went to nursery and shahul went to office and the only one left is ‘me’ at home. So, It’s obvious that I have to get up and prepare something myself for breakfast though I did not want to. Since the climate was perfectly suiting my mood, I decided to go for my glorius glass of masala tea along with Marie biscuit, the classic way to boost myself up.

Masala Tea is a hot beverage widely enjoyed in every corner of the world. There are lots of cafe that have tremendously grown and gained business only by their chai for the reason that it is a hot selling drink that is being consumed anytime of the day.

Internet has unlimited different recipes for masala chai and this recipe is the only one  that I have been following since a very long time.
First Lesson what I have learnt from preparing chai is that every single spice and the amount you use , change the taste of masala chai. We do not want to over power the chai with the spices.
Second is preparing a glass of chai is not an easy task. It takes lots of time, atleast 20-30 mins. To get all the flavors of spices into the chai, we have to keep boiling and simmer it for a while.

In this recipe, I added ginger and spices to the water and brought it to the boiling point, then next step is adding enough tea leaves depending on how strong you want your tea to be . Keep on simmering until just 1/2 a  cup water remains in the pan. Add the milk and boil again. Lower the flame and simmer for 10 mins. Careful not to drop off the milk , stir in between.

That is how I prepare my masala tea and I like to put some saffron on top for the amazing smell, pair it up with Marie biscuits and yes, I was a happy girl to kick off my rest of the day.

Note : Everyone has their own preferences and liking while having a masala chai. Try this recipe first and adjust the use of pepper and sugar while you prepare it next time.

Do you have a masala chai recipe that you would like share? Comment it below ! 

Masala Chai

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2

Masala Chai

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp Tea Leaves
  • 12gms of Ginger
  • 6 Cardamom pods
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Floret from a Star Anise
  • 1-2 Strands from a Mace
  • 1/2 - 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 inch piece Cinnamon
  • Few Strands of Saffron
  • 2 -3 Tbsp Sugar

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottom pan, pour 2 cups of water.
  • First ground the spices (except saffron ) and then smash ginger in you mortar and pestle and add it to the water.
  • Bring it to the boiling point.
  • Add 2-3 Tbsp tea leaves depending on how strong you want your tea to be.
  • Keep simmering until the amount of water in the pan becomes around 1/2 a cup.
  • To that, add 2 cups of milk and 2 strands of saffron.
  • Bring to boil again and Make sure not to spill the milk.
  • Simmer for 8-10 mins, stirring in between.
  • Add the sugar and combine everything together.
  • Switch off the flame and strain the tea.
  • Serve with another 2-3 strands of saffron on top.
  • Enjoy and have a great day.

Notes

Use of pepper is optional, it gives a nice spicy punch. Adjust the sugar level depending on your preferences.

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  1. Happy Birthday Jishma
    Thou I’m not a chai lover, I enjoyed reading your post… and those chai glasses…. they bring back lot of nostalgic memories from childhood era…

    BTW…. I’m still contemplating as to where have we met before… ;D

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