~ MASALA CHAI ~
Today was a day for one of my favourite teas of all time – masala chai. Also known as a ‘chai latte’, it’s the ultimate blend of warming spices with black tea and sweetened with sugar for a completely heavenly brew when you’re needing a pick me up. Masala chai is a completely individual flavour sensation that should taste different to everyone. A bit like a regular brew, everyone likes theirs differently so experiment with this recipe and add/remove spices to your taste and brew according to the strength of tea you desire. This is a basic recipe that warms the soul but it can be adapted and expanded to include additional spices like ginger, star anise, allspice etc. Note that this is a slightly milder recipe so feel free to increase the quantities of spices if you’re looking for a really punchy tea. Check out my recipe below and in my highlights for the ultimate cuppa that never fails to soothe. Enjoy 🤗
Serves 1 large mug, or 2-3 smaller tea cups. You will need:
1 tspn fennel seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
3 black peppercorns
3 cardamom pods
1. Toast the spices in a saucepan on medium heat for 1-2 mins, taking care not to allow them to burn.
2. Add 1 black teabag and 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 7-10 mins, squeezing the tea bag regularly.
3. Add 1.5 cups of milk and stir, squeezing the tea bag to release as much tea flavour as possible.
4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-35 mins depending on the strength of tea you desire.
5. Remove tea bag 10-15 mins after you add the milk to avoid bitterness. Remove earlier if you prefer a weaker brew, longer if you like a stronger brew.
6. Once ready, strain through a sieve in to a mug and add sugar to taste.