A cup of tea that makes our day!
Masala chai is a recipe for bringing all the spices together. This variant of the World’s favourite hot beverage involves preparing chai masala from scratch and adding them to a cup of milk. A single cup can make many miracles health wise and is believed by people all over the world. That is why it is still a star beverage!
This hot beverage is a part of the British breakfast. During their reign, they commercialised the production and making of tea in India. And, we all know that a hot cup of chai works like magic for people camping and travelling along with hilly areas!!
The making of masala chai
To prepare the chai masala for the masala chai recipe, we first need to dry roast the spices and grind them. Now take a teaspoon of black pepper, cardamom, fennel seeds, and cloves in a pan. To these spices, add a stick of cinnamon. Dry roast all these spices under medium heat and grind them into a fine powder. Secondly, take a pan and boil water. While it is boiling, add the tea powder with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Following this, add dried rose petals (optional) and at last, the hero of our drink, the chai masala. Let all the ingredients boil. Eventually, the flavour and essence of the ingredients infuse into the boiling decoction. At this state, add milk to the decoction and let it boil. Give a firm stir. Finally, strain the sediments in a tea strainer and serve them piping hot!
The varieties shown in making the drink!
Basically, a cup of chai that we drink varies according to the type of tea leaves from which it is brewed. For example, there are teas like green tea, oolong tea and black tea that we all know. Also, considering its therapeutic properties the decoction from various florals and fruits make it to the tea list. Some of them are Chamomile, herbal and rooibos tea. Because of this abundant diversity, tea tasting is a job, and these tasters can be seen in tea factories where the powder is made and tea is brewed!!
Now it’s time for you to sip and taste these other hot and cold beverages!
Tandoori Chai– What our favourite recipe for masala chai boils in a clay pot? Get your matka ready to prepare this steaming tandoori chai!
Dalgona coffee– This foamy coffee got the spotlight when pandemic times pushed people into the kitchens. But not tried yet? Refer to our version of dalgona coffee!
Cold coffee– One of the most favourites, brewed from cold milk and topped with chocolate coffee syrup and ice cubes!
Mango lassi– It’s the season of Aam and let us make a tasty drink with mango pulp, buttermilk and sugar!
Why chai is a healthy beverage?
Since olden times, tea is said to have various health benefits that helps one to keep their mind in relaxation. The reason lies in the phytochemical compounds and antioxidants of the tea leaves.
A single cup of tea can help you energize for the day! It has less caffeine content and helps reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke. It keeps your skin fresh and helps you fight obesity. Each type of tea has various benefits like controlling diabetes and fighting cancer.
Useful tips to make your chai tastier!
- For your masala chai recipe, you can use jaggery, palm sugar or brown sugar as a healthy substitute for the sugar we generally use.
- The amount of milk to be added is adjustable according to your requirement.
- Also, while preparing the chai masala, make sure the powder grounded is super dry so that it can be in stored in an air tight container and used for months to come.
- If you are using milk whitener and milk powder, make sure that you take a substantial amount of water. Thick milk is a great addition to your tea!
- Usage of rose petals is optional based on their availability. You can also add leaves of tulsi to infuse its flavour.
The video of making masala chai
The printable recipe for masala chai
- 1½ Cup Milk
- 5 tsp Tea powder
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Cloves
- 6-8 Number Cardamom
- 1 stick Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Fennel seeds
- 1½ Cup Water
- 1 tsp Rose petals
- To prepare chai masala, add a teaspoon of black pepper and cloves.
- Then add 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, 6-8 number of cardamom, and a stick of cinnamon to the pan.
- Dry roast these spices for a few minutes. Then grind them into a dry powder. Your chai masala is now ready.
- Now take a pan and add 1½ cups of water.
- Let it boil. When it is boiling, add 5 teaspoons of tea powder and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Let the boiling continue. While the flavour is infusing, add a teaspoon of rose petals to elevate the infused flavour.
- Lastly, add 2 teaspoons of chai masala prepared to this decoction.
- Finally, add 1½ cup of milk to the tea decoction. The milk boils and condenses slowly.
- Our tea is ready! Serve them piping hot after straining the powder sediments on a tea filter.
Step-by-step instructions for making masala chai
- Firstly let us prepare chai masala powder. Take a pan and add a teaspoon of black pepper and cloves.
- To that, add 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, 6-8 cardamom (elaichi) and a stick of cinnamon.
- Dry roast them well on medium heat for a few minutes.
- Then grind them into a dry spice/ masala powder. Your chai masala is ready!
- Secondly, take a pan and add one and a half cups of water to boil.
- When it is boiling, add 5 teaspoons of tea powder to the water with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Following this, add a teaspoon of dried rose petals and a little amount of grated ginger to this boiling decoction.
- Finally, add one and a half cup of milk to this boiling decoction. Stir the milk well.
- In conclusion, filter the tea prepared in a tea strainer and serve them in a cup piping hot!
- Your masala chai is ready to sip and relish!