Monday, 7 January 2013

Masala Chai / Mixed Spice Tea

Hi Friends ..
Harsh weather and record breaking cold in North India . Getting up in the morning and going for work is nothing else but a big punishment for all of us. Don't feel like leaving our cosy cosy bed-quilts...
But what a kick-start of the day when you wake up and get a hot cup of tea .....YAWWW. Feels like sitting in Heaven and enjoying.
Adding Masala in the chai just like cherry on the cake....



Ingredients:
2 cups of water
1 cup of milk
2 tsp of sugar (1/2 tsp of sugar per cup) you can add sweetener acc.to taste
A pinch of tea masala
2 tsp dried tea leaves of your choice ( I prefer Red label)

For Masala:
1/4 cup cinnamon stick 
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1/8 cup cloves
1/4 cup green cardamom
5-6 black cardamoms
1/4 cup dry ginger powder (saunth)
1//4 cup fennel seeds 


For Masala:
  • Roast the cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, and black cardamom on tawa/ griddle for 5-7 mins.
  • Remove from fire and keep it aside till it cools completely.
  • Grind to make a fine powder, add dry ginger powder. Mix well.
  • Store in an air-tight container.
  • Use a pinch to make tea or milk.
Method:
  1. Boil water in heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Add a pinch of masala. Keep it on low flame for 2-3 mins.
  3. Now add sugar and dried tea leaves. Boil again for 2-3 mins.
  4. Add milk. Now increase the flame and bring it to boil.
  5. The froth and the tea leaves will come up, keep it on low flame for 1-2 mins.
  6. Remove from fire and strain it.
  7. Serve hot with your favourite cookies.
Note: You can use the same masala in a glass of hot milk too.

17 comments:

Sanoli Ghosh said...

this is exactly tea time now, and you offer masala chai to every one...lovely dear.

today's recipe:
http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/01/roasted-eggplant-with-tomato-begun.html

PT said...

nice click dear..

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks Sano and Preeti ...
You all are invited :-)

Vish Anne said...

Tea is an elixir and masala tea yum yum :)

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Shruti, I can understand your winter frights since I've seen all that. I'm not a tea fan but soup is always welcome.
Regarding ur query about soup as street food, you can link it depending on what soup u r posting. If it's a soup like tomato or hot n sour easily available on road sides,pls link it but if it is a soup like leeks n potatot u can't link it. Hope it clarifies ur doubt.

Kavi | Foodomania said...

Its even getting cold in Mumbai!! :D Lovely Masala chai! :)

Meena B said...

haha for cold wave perfect tea

i hv masala tea daily

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks all....
@ Pari ...Thanks Pari for the reply ..

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

perfect for weather and am always drooling for chai.want to try 2morow.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy... .

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Shobha said...

Nothing better than a cup of hot masala chai !!

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks Shama , Ramya and Shobha ji :-)

Rekha said...

wow tasty masala tea.. perfect for this time..
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Asiya Omar said...

Looks lovely..

Arthy Suman said...

Sipping hot masala chai on a rainy day would be heavenly...

kanthi said...

Ideal combo for evening time.
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Shivi Roy said...

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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