Masala Chai

Discussion in 'The Cafe'' started by TropicalHotDogNight, Jan 12, 2019.

    Any fans of chai tea here? I was in the mood for it today, but rather than buy a pre-made version, I figured it was easy enough to try making my own. I have never done it before, but my first try came out rather nicely. I thought I would share the recipe for anyone who may be interested. If anyone has any suggestions for improvement, I would love to hear them!

    I started with two cups of boiling water in a sauce pan, and added some freshly grated ginger. I grated off a piece about the size of my thumb. Next, I finely chopped a half dozen mint leaves and threw them in the pot. For the spices, I used a coffee grinder to powderize ten green cardamom pods, five black peppercorns, five whole cloves, and half of a cinnamon stick. I put that in the pot and added two tablespoons of brown sugar, and the tea from five bags of black tea. I wanted to use about four tablespoons of loose leaf assam tea, but my local grocery store just had tea bags, so that's what I used. Lastly, I added three-quarters of a cup of whole milk. Once it was done simmering, I poured the mixture through a strainer and discarded the bits of tea and spice. My first cup tasted like it had too much cardamon and too little sweetness, so I added a heaping teaspoon of brown sugar into the rest of it, and the second cup tasted amazing. The added sweetness rounded off the harshness of the cardamom and made all of the flavors intensify and balance out. Next time around, I might double the sugar, to four tablespoons.

    I figure I have enough spices and tea on hand to make this whenever I want, and it's such a simple recipe that I can have a good cup of tea for only a few minutes' effort.
  1. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    Sounds good. I have never thought about making that sort of tea before. I have only had it in pre-made form and was not much of a fan.
  2. It's a bit like curry dishes, I suppose. Lots of complex spice notes blended together. Some love it and some don't care for it. I'm not Indian, but I've come to love the boldness of the cuisine.
  3. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra Ambassador

    Made from scratch like that, does sound good!

    I have a decent tea bag one, add milk and all's well.

  4. Thank you so much! I love chai!

    I once had an amazing recipe from an Indian family and I lost it, after I lost touch with them! Thank you for this!
  5. I haven't made chai masala in a while. Let's see... I include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, allspice, star anise, fresh bay leaf, black pepper, cayenne pepper, vanilla, and honey. I forget the relative anounts offhand, but easy on the star anise, clove and black pepper. I have a few Indian friends who give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Maybe I'll make some this evening.
  6. It's like all Indian cuisine, tweak it so it tastes how you like it. We'd probably use less cardamom and sugar than the OP but as far as I know, there is no wrong way to make it!

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