Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chai tea Masala (Spice mix for tea)

There are many kinds of recipes. Some easy, some very difficult and some very easy but worth noting it down.This is one such recipe. Adapted from the recipe of a very good friend's mother who is no more. If you see how easy and good this one is, you will never pay money to buy the masala tea bags or the masala mix for the tea. Trust me when I tell you this, if you brew loose tea and use this spice mix, sweeten with sugar and add enough milk to it, you will not miss the taste of expensive 'Chai Latte' from any cafe. This one is more authentic and if you feel some spice is overpowering to your taste buds, you can always alter them to suit your taste.

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Ingredients: (Makes about scant 1/2 cup)
Powdered Cinnamon - 2 TBSP
Dried powdered Ginger - 2 TBSP
Powdered Cloves - 1 TBSP
Powdered Cardamom - 2 TBSP

Powdered Black Pepper - 1/2 TBSP (Yes, it adds lot of flavor)

Mix all the ingredients well and keep in an airtight container.Use within 3 months. To make tea, brew tea (I prefer loose tea and not the tea bags) and add a generous pinch for each cup of tea. Sweeten and add milk as required. I usually boil one cup of water add 1 tsp or a little more loose tea, boil, add a generous pinch of this masala powder, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, about 3 - 4 TBSP of milk per cup of tea. Remember that when you boil the water in a saucepan, some get evaporated. Strain and serve. If you want to enhance the ginger flavor, you could add about 1/2 tsp of grated fresh ginger to the water while boiling.

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  1. Great. I always add grated ginger to my tea everyday. This spice mix can be a good alternate. I see your posts all the time but I don't know what made me comment on this one. You are doing a great work here.

  2. Hey Champa,
    I enjoy Masala chai when someone makes it for me. I am lazy when it comes to making tea. I opt for the tea bags and the kettle is my pal.

    I love Tetley's Eachi tea bags. It is kind of addictive. Have you tried them? If not please do.

    1. Srimathi,
      I have tried them. And they are great, but quite expensive too. Plus I like the kick of cloves and pepper in it. This is my favorite chai.

  3. This is a god one! i add almost all these spices, but everytime i make them.. making a mix and keeping will definitely be handy!

    1. Thanks Sumana. Yes, it makes it easy to make it every time.

  4. I no longer drink tea or coffee, but I add these spices to almond milk and it's almost as good as I remember REAL Chai tasting.

    1. Thanks Dianne for the feedback. I am glad you liked it.

  5. I read your post and I really appreciate your experience. I will get good knowledge from there as well. Keep posting…
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