Masala Chai – Indian Tea

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curry on cooking femalefocusonline jan19Masala chai is flavoured tea and Indians love their tea – milky, spicy and sweet! It is warming and comforting; a hug in a mug!

I remember as a five year old visiting India; sitting with my cousins outside on the veranda early in the morning nursing little glasses of warm, thick, milky tea the colour of rich caramel with the smell wafting around us.

Spices used vary from household to household, in terms of tea some will only use loose leaf while others prefer tea bags but both work well, as long as the tea is boiled for long enough to impart the taste.

Ingredients

4 mugs of water
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
5 cardamom pods (split)
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick
2 teabags/ black tea leaves
1 mug of cold milk
2-3 teaspoons sugar optional

Time: 10 minutes Makes/Serves 4

Recipe

In a milk pan, add the water, tea/ tea bags, fennel, cardamom
ginger and cinnamon stick.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the cold milk and bring back to the boil.
Sieve and serve. Sweeten to taste.
TIP: Works well with most teas; decaffeinated, green and white.

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