Masala Chai!

I've been making my own masala chai (spiced tea, मसाला चाय) from this Nik Sharma recipe, using his chai masala (tea spice) recipe with a few modifications.

Spice blend:

  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • ½ tsp whole fennel seeds
  • 1 in/2.5 cm piece cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp ground star anise, or one whole pod

Grind up the spices in a mortar and pestle. I grind the clove and peppercorns with the fennel seeds because the cloves have a lot of oil, then the cinnamon, then the cardamom. I put everything in a jar and shake it up to mix them together.

When you're ready for tea:

  • Add 1 tbsp of Assam loose leaf tea and all the spice mix to 2 cups of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp of agave syrup or maple syrup.
  • Add 1 cup of whole milk, bring back to the boil, boil for a minute, then take off the heat and sit for a minute.
  • Strain and serve!

(My modifications from the original recipe:
Halve the quantities of spices, skip the black cardamom, only use 1 tsp of ground ginger, and use 1/2 tsp of ground star anise instead of the whole pod)

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