Masala Chai (The Spice of Life and an Indian tradition)
In India, masala chai is the national drink that is consumed by most Indians. The scents of cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are alluring and they're the key spices that make "MASALA CHAI" so tasty.
Yesterday my good Indian friend from Northern India invited me into the kitchen of her Indian cafe and made me some samosa's, saag panner, and a pot of Masala Chai.Although I've been making masala chai for months it wasa privilege to watch my Indian friend make a divine pot of tea that pleased my tastebuds so much that I consumed a few cups
of this magical tea.
If you want to spice up your life with with a tea that pleases the tastebuds, indulge in some MASALA CHAI and experience some true nirvana.
MASALA CHAI RECIPE:
2 tsp of fresh ginger root ginger, finely sliced
2 tsp whole fennel seeds
1/4 tsp black peppercorns
1 fresh bay leaf
15 cardamon pods
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp black tea leaves
1 cup of milk (you can use a milk alternative like almond milk or coconut milk)
4 teaspoons of honey or sugar (optional)
In a saucepan combine cold filtered water with the ginger, fennel seeds, black peppercorns,bay leaf, cardamon pods, cloves, and 1 cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil than cover and simmer for five minutes. Take the pan off the heat, add the tea and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Strain the tea through a sieve into a large jug, add the milk and honey or sugar and drink immediately.