Chai Masala—Spicer Indian Recipe
This recipe plays with proportion for a slightly stronger Chai. A beautiful harmony of ingredients results in a gentle, but very flavorful, spiced cup that tastes great any time of day.
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* Black teas like Darjeeling and orange pekoe from Assam, India, work well in this recipe. Known brands such as Taj Mahal are available at Indian groceries and online.
Have a fine mesh strainer ready for step 5.
- Begin by slightly crushing the whole spices with the flat side of a chef’s knife. It will open the pods and expose more surface area for more flavor.
- Pour the water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the spices and boil until fragrant, approximately 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to boil for another minute.
- Stir in the milk. Bring ingredients back to a boil and then remove from heat.
- Stir in the black tea. Cover pan with a lid and steep tea for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. Pour into a teapot or heat-resistant mugs or glasses and serve.
Less than 20 minutes.