- Begin with a strong base – black tea leaves or a robust chai blend form the foundation of your Masala Chai. The choice of tea sets the tone for the entire brew.
- The magic of Masala Chai lies in its spices. A traditional blend may include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black peppercorns. Adjust the quantities to suit your personal taste preferences.
- Whether you prefer sugar, honey, or an alternative sweetener, a touch of sweetness enhances the overall experience. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
- The creaminess of milk is crucial to Masala Chai. Whole milk or a non-dairy alternative like almond or soy milk can be used for a delightful richness.
Prepare the Spices:
- Crush or grind the whole spices for a more intense flavor. This step releases the aromatic oils and ensures a robust infusion of spice into the tea.
Brew the Tea:
- In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and add the tea leaves. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes until the water takes on the color of the tea.
Add the Spices:
- Introduce the crushed or ground spices to the simmering tea. Allow the blend to steep for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse their essence.
Add Sweetener and Milk:
- Pour in the sweetener of your choice, adjusting to taste. Follow this with the milk, allowing the mixture to simmer until it reaches the desired richness.
Strain and Serve:
- Strain the chai into your favorite mug or teacup, and savor the aromatic symphony of spices. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of nutmeg for an extra touch of indulgence.