Masala chai is a go to drink for many in India and other South Asian countries. Also referred to as chai tea or chai latte by many, it is a harmonious blend of tea leaves or grains, choicest spices and milk brewed together. When brewed perfectly, it meets its sole aim – that of transcending you to a heightened state of relaxation. The Indian Masala Tea is a perfect filler in the evening between lunch and dinner. It goes well with pakodas (assorted vegetable fritters), or other regional Indian savoury snacks like namkeen, bhel puri, dhokla, paav bhaji etc. This is one of our favourite recipes and will come in handy everyday! Feel free to add or remove spices as per your flavour palette.
Perfect Indian Masala Chai
- 1 Spouted Saucepan
- 1 Strainer
- 2 Cups
- 0.5 Cup Milk You may choose skimmed or lactose free milk as per your dietary requirements, however best results are with full cream milk
- 1.5 Cups Water
- 2 Teaspoons Tea Grain / Leaves Use whichever tea grain or leaves you like best
- 1 Kernel Crushed black peppercorn You may use a peppercorn crusher or a mortar and pestle
- 1/8 Teaspoon Finely ground cinnamon
- Sugar or sweetener As per taste
- 1 Pod Cardamom
- 1 Piece Clove
- 1/4 Teaspoon Grated fresh ginger root
- Take all the ingredients into a spouted saucepan and place over medium heat. Keep stirring the mixture in between to keep the milk from scalding and wait for the mixture to boil.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat intensity to simmer.
- Bring to a boil once again on low heat.
- Turn off the heat and stir well. Allow the mixture to stand for a few seconds to extract more flavor.
- Strain the mixture into cups and serve hot.