During winters “He” cannot start his morning without masala wali chai, I should frame it this way he cannot start his day without a hot cup of chai (Tea) whereas for me it is just the opposite I cannot start my day without a glass of hot water and then during breakfast I want steaming cup of strong cappuccino.
You must be surprised to know that I have never tasted milk tea in my life, I am not exaggerating, it is true….when I was a kid my mother never gave us tea it was always a glass of milk with health drinks or cornflakes and all those years it became habit while I was a teenager she used to add a teaspoon of coffee once in a while in my milk so that is how I was introduced to coffee and slowly years passed and I never felt the urge to taste milk tea or make it part of my eating habits. But I love the aroma of spiced milk tea, all the aromatic spices – cinnamon, cloves, cardamom together create magical chai ka masala (tea spice).
This year for the first time I made Tea Masala at home luckily I had all the ingredients required in hand. A dash of Tea Masala can be used in cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, trifles or pumpkin cake, instead of opening different jars of spices it is always easy to add a teaspoon of Tea Masala.
Masala Chai (or milk tea with spices) is a hot, spiced, and beautifully sweet beverage that can be brewed up in a jiffy. It can be made using any kind of milk , tea leaves, aromatic spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and with or without a sweetener. This drink is a warmer and more fragrant spiced version of the English tea. This recipe is for a dry, ready- to-use mix to make tea that can be stored and used for up to 3 months. Masala chai is
perfect for colder days and for curing anything from a runny nose to a broken heart.
Masala chai is normally served during tea time, with a fried snack. One can also have this with breakfast for a refreshing start to the day.
Masala chai / tea in India :
Chai or Tea isn’t just another beverage in the subcontinent. Rather, it’s an emotion and something that one can share memories, good weather and gossip over. Globally, each region has their own favorite beverage that’s made using the best of the local produce. In India, masala chai is one of these (the other favorites being filter coffee, buttermilk or irani chai). Masala chai is high on flavor and medicinal as well.
What is masala tea made of ?
There are a variety of spices that can be added to masala tea.
Some of them are :
- Crushed ginger
- Black pepper
- Star anise
- Clove Steeping and boiling these spices in water or milk helps extract the natural properties that they possess (including healing properties apart from taste and flavor). Now buying these spices regularly and boiling them together each time you want a sip of this delicious beverage can be a bit time consuming and tedious. Which is why today’s recipe will help you make a ready-to-use masala using a blend of ground spices that you can add to your regular tea when you want and enjoy a hot cup of ambrosia.
Masala tea benefits :
Masala tea is unarguably delicious , but it also boasts of several benefits apart from the taste which give one more reason to get another cuppa.
- Reduces inflammation – Ginger present in the tea masala is effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the underlying cause of most diseases
- Balances hormones – Cinnamon and cloves in the tea masala help women balance their hormones, promote insulin absorption and help balance blood sugars
- Better digestion – A hot cup of tea may help your food digest better and aid in reducing bloating and weight loss as well
- Clears the sinuses – For those with a blocked nose or annoyingly plugged masala passage, a steaming hot cup of masala chai may help hear out block sinuses and relieve discomfort
- Controls Diabetes – The addition of spices to your tea and reducing the quantity of sugar added makes your tea a health tonic that’s rich in supportive spices that work to help insulin absorption in type 2 diabetes patients
- Instant mood upliftment – Needless to say, tea instantly energizes you a gives you fresh start regardless of what time of day you drink it
How to make tasty tea ?
While most people know how to make tea, here are some basic tips on how one can make tea more tasty and refreshing
- Don’t add too much milk – While milk aids in flavoring tea, too much of it makes the drink too thick and milky. Follow the ratio mentioned in this article for perfect tea each time
- Regular milk can be replaced with almond milk, cashew milk or oat milk if you’re lactose intolerant. Nut milks don’t need to be boiled but you can warm them before mixing with tea to ensure your cup of tea is hot
- Let the spice mix boil for long enough to flavor the water/tea. Without this step, your tea will just not get enough of the magic from the spice mix
- Don’t add too much of the tea leaves, it will only make your tea bitter
Making the perfect tea doesn’t take much effort. Follow the recipe mentioned at the end of this article and you will sip a delicious cup of tea every single time!
Chai Ka Masala Recipe
- 1/2 tablespoon Cloves (Laung)
- 1 tablespoon Green Cardamon ( Elaichi)
- 1/2 tablespoon Black Pepper (Kali mirch)
- 1/2 inch Cinnamon (Dal chini)
- 1 tablespoon Ginger powder ( Saunth)
- 1/4 tablespoon Nutmeg (Jayphal)
- Dry roast all the spices except ginger powder over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Or you can roast the spices till their aroma is released. Turn off the heat.
- Allow the spices to cool down a bit
- Grind roasted spices to a fine or coarse powder. Use a strong blade dry mixing jar for the purpose
- Combine ginger powder in the masala and mix nicely
- Chai masala is ready. Store it in a air tight container for 6 months to 1 year