Aug 26, 2012

Masala Tea


Masala Tea 

What better way to our day than with a cup of nice hot tea, of course after some exercise.

We all must’ve had tea or chai as we fondly call atleast hundreds of time a year, yet we know so little of different ways of making it. Some know it well, including our dadi nanis and moms too, but people like us who’ve been living in hostels ever since they turned seventeen- wish they knew how to bring a twist to this everyday beverage. This method ( it’s too short and simple to be called a recipe
J ) is especially for the beginners who wanna learn, and for men who wanna know at least how to make a good cup of tea in the absence of their wives J Even my friends from US,UK and other places, where the black tea is the norm, can also try this. I’m sure you all will like it. It is usually made in a batch and can be used over months.


Preparation Time - 15 Mins
Ingredients
For the Masala-Makes a batch you can store
10-12 Elaichi / whole Cardamoms
1 Black Moti Elaichi
2 tsp Saunf/Aniseeds
1-2 Sabut Kali Mirch / whole black pepper
2 tsp Saunth / Ginger root powder (Or plain unseasoned ginger powder)
1 inch stick of cinnamon / Dalchini
For the Tea – Serving 2 cups
Milk 1 ½ cups measure
Water ¾ cup
Tea leaves 2 tsp
Tea Masala made 1 tsp
Sugar- 3 tsp or as per taste
Method
  • Take all the ingredients for the Masala in a spice grinder/Mixer and make a powder. Don’t take the skin off the cardamoms. Masala is ready!
  • Now to make tea, boil ¾ cup of water.
  • Add the tea leaves you like and heat on low flame for 2 mins till the leaves give out their color and aroma.
  • Add 1 tsp of the Masala made above.
  • Let it simmer for 1 min, and then add milk.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the flame and add sugar.
  • Stir to dissolve the sugar. Increase the flame and turn off the gas when tea starts boiling again.
  • Your Masala tea is ready! Strain the leaves and serve steaming hot with your favorite biscuits or rusks or toast J

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