Happy monsoon everyone ! Today’s recipe is ‘Masala Chai/Masala Tea’. Enjoy this worldwide famous Indian (hot) beverage this monsoon or winter season. Masala chai tea bags and instant powdered mixtures are easily available in market these days in India, but there is no replacement for freshly prepared powder. When you prepare masala at home you can add or remove (blend your own masala) any spice of your choice. This monsoon/winter season start your day with a cup of masala chai.
You can have this chai/tea (for a change from daily routine chai) during summer season, but with very small amount of masala. Masala/spices used in this tea are known to increase body heat, hence this tea is mostly preferred during cold weather.
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Video format of recipe
Duration: 7-8 mins
Ingredients for Masala chai/ Masala Tea
For Masala Powder:
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Black peppercorn 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg half part of small piece
Ginger powder /saunth 1/2 tsp
For Masala tea:
Tea leaves 1-2 tsp (depending upon how strong your tea leaves are)
Masala powder 1/2 tsp
Water 1 cup
Milk 1 cup
Sugar 2 tsp (or as per your taste)
Ginger (freshly grated) 1/2 tsp
Tulsi/Basil leaves (Fresh and chopped) 4 no.
Procedure for Masala Chai / Masala Tea
For masala powder:
- Grind all the whole spices in a mortar and pestle or mixer coarsely/fine.
- Mix cardamom powder, dry ginger powder (saunth) and above masala powder.
- Mix everything well. Chai masala is ready.
For masala chai:
- Boil water in a small pot.
- As water starts boiling, add tea and let it simmer for couple of minutes.
- Add tea starts boiling add tulsi leaves and masala powder.
- Now add sugar, keep stirring and let sugar dissolve.
- Keep stirring and add milk, reduce the flame and add grated ginger, stir tea.
- Cover the pot with lid and let it simmer for 1-2 mins. Now it is up to you, how long you want to boil your tea, for strong tea boil more.
- Turn off the flame, keep tea covered for a minute before serving it.
- Your masala chai is ready to serve !
- Serve it with pakora/namkeen or any snack of your choice.
- Some people use fennel seeds and star anise also while preparing masala powder, if you are fan of these two flavours, add that too.
- Both Assam tea as well as Darjeeling tea works well to prepare masala tea.