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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Masala chai (Indian spiced tea)

Spicy black tea with a bit of milk and sugar, all in the masala style. The spices used are fresh ginger, cardamom, peppercorns and cinnamon. A cup of this will warm up and beautify the coldest days. And you know the saying (and if you don't it's about time you did, 'cause it's one of my favorite sayings), "Where there's tea, there's hope". :)
One recipe source (though incomplete, as one person pointed out in the comments) is Saveur; so here is an alternate.

Last year: Red lentil and sausage stew (British).
Two years ago: Savory hazelnut bread (vegan).
Three years ago: Fettuccine Alfredo (Italian).

Ingredients (for 4 cups):
  • 125 ml evaporated milk
  • 800 ml water
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 stick of cinnamon

Bring all the ingredients to a simmer in a medium-large teapot. Remove from the heat, cover and let it all steep for 5 minutes. Strain and pour into serving mugs. Serve hot.
It's done, dig in! :)

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