Indian Masala Chai Tea is a delicious, warm beverage made with milk, tea leaves, and Indian spices. Find the authentic Chai Tea Masala spice mix which can be made ahead and stored.
So you’ve decided to travel to India. What would you do first? I would say, grab that hot, creamy, fragrant chai brewed with fresh cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns, ginger, enough sugar and milk that will make you want to reach for one more.
Chai? What is it? Indian Chai is the sweet milky tea which we love to savor by dipping Marie (arrowroot) biscuits. Not exactly Marie biscuits or cookies, we also love the brands- Parle G and Tiger as well!
Head to any corner of India and you will be welcomed with a steaming cup of chai. From streets to homes, it is one beverage that Indians cannot live without. Of course, I know some who doesn’t like tea but I also know of many who cannot start their day without it; my dad and husband included. They start a day by sipping a hot cup of Chai and reading the daily newspaper.
The women in my husband’s household prepare liters of tea every day to be had and served throughout the day. Well, don’t look so flabbergasted. Their idea is never to send a guest, a maid or a helper thirsty and tea is the perfect way to make sure of that. Chai serves as a quick, satisfying and refreshing drink.
Chai is an integral part of our daily lives; be it get-togethers with friends and family, the Chai Break during work, the never-ending discussions over Chai- Chai pe Charcha or simply sit down with a book, it is with a warm cup of chai that makes us smile and our hearts flutter.
Indian Masala Chai is prepared by brewing black tea with different aromatic spices and milk. Each household will have its own method of preparing Masala Chai and there are many tea powders and blends available in the market. But nothing can match the flavor and aroma of a freshly brewed tea.
You can also choose to use only one spice for flavor. eg. grated ginger for making Ginger Tea or Adrak Chai, crushed cardamom pods for Cardamom Tea or Elaichi Chai. On my visit to Ooty- a popular hill station in South India, I have also had Chocolate Tea.
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Indian Masala Chai Spice Mix Recipe
Use this simple recipe to grind and store the spice mix beforehand. So, when you crave for a cup of masala chai, all you have to do is add a sprinkle of this spice mix to the brewing tea.
There is no fixed proportion for the spices. You can prepare them to suit your taste. Love the spiciness of ginger? Up its quantity. I love cinnamon and cardamom. So, my spice blend is a wee bit overpowered by it.
Grind together 1/4 cup each of cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns and 1/8 cup of cloves and star anise. You can add freshly grated ginger while preparing tea. Store in an airtight container and it can be used for several weeks.
Indian Masala Chai Health Benefits
Indian Masala Chai has many health benefits due to the addition of spices.
They beat fatigue and leaves you feeling refreshed enough to conquer your day. Clove and Ginger help in combating inflammation. The spices boost your metabolism, improves digestion and also rejuvenate you. It also helps to relieve PMS and is good for your heart as well.
Indian Masala Chai Recipe:
Tips to make that perfect cup of Indian Masala Chai
Keep the spice mix ready for it comes in handy to make a quick cup of tea.
Freshly grated ginger enhances the flavor of chai. So try using it while brewing. You may also add dried ginger powder while blending the spice mix.
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P.S: I’ve always said that I could never make a perfect cup of chai. From there to my guests asking for a second cup, it has been a long journey!
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