Masala chai. Looking for an easy, tasty way to enjoy a comforting drink in winter? Then try this classic Indian style chai or tea infused with aromatic spices.
No one can deny the fact that a hot cup of classic tea straight from the street vendors or chaiwallahs is the ultimate way to enjoy this refreshing drink.
The word ‘chai’ simply refers to ‘tea’, and masala chai is all about tea simmered in heaps of aromatic spices. The soothing and comforting aroma of this chai is totally amazing. Even though chai mix is available in the form of tea bags and powdered drinks these days, I totally love this homemade version created from scratch.
To make the base of this delicious masala chai, a few dried spices like cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom pods are lightly crushed. The flavor and aroma of the crushed spices is easily infused into the tea making it rich in aromatic spices.
You’ll also need to add a small piece of crushed fresh ginger which will again enhance the taste of this masala tea. I highly recommend adding fresh ginger in this recipe, but when you don’t have any fresh ones on hand, feel free to use ground ginger.
Now add these dried spices and ginger to boiling water, and simmer for about 2 minutes. Milk is an important element of masala chai, so choose your favorite- full fat or skim. Once milk is simmered along with water and spices, we’ll add in the core element of this chai – black tea leaves.
Traditionally, loose black tea leaves are used to make this delicious tea. But tea bags also make the perfect choice. You’ll also need to simmer the tea mixture again after adding the tea leaves.
Finally, strain and enjoy a hot cup of tea. So, what are you waiting for?