Nothing completes a quiet afternoon like a good cup of tea. Indian tea, often called “chaa” or “chai”, is beautifully spiced, sweet and creamy, and best enjoyed with good company, as I have come to know.
If you are feeling a little under the weather try adding honey instead of sugar, the gentle spice and honey will help ease your cough and sore throat and warm you up from the inside out.
Pull out your favourite mug, and enjoy!
Chaa – Masala Tea
This recipe will make about 15 to 20 servings of Masala; extra can be stored in a small airtight container.
|1 tbsp.||Green Cardamom|
|2||Chinese Star Anise|
|1 tbsp.||Fennel Seed|
- Prepare the masala mixture by combining all of the ingredients in a spice grinder or small food processor and grind to a course powder.
Chaa for Two:
|2 bags/ 2tsp.||Orange Pekoe Tea|
|1/2 tsp.||Tea Masala|
|1 slice||Ginger Root about ¼ inch thick|
- Use your favourite mug to measure the required amounts of water and milk.
- Add the water to a small to medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Crush the ginger with a mortar and pestle, or finely dice.
- Add the masala and the ginger and let boil 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add the orange pekoe to the water and boil 1 minute.
- Add the milk and sugar.
- Heat to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags if necessary, and strain the tea into mugs through a small sieve or tea strainer.