Can there be anything more refreshing than a cup of masala chai after a long tiring day ? !!!
Super markets are flooded with several options for chai masala … I make mine at home. It rids me off the guilt that the masala has not come from a packet and at the same time I get to use the mix of spices of my choice and in the quantities I like. No fillers and no expiration to worry about.
Home made … Best made…
South East Asia gifted tea to the world. It travelled far and wide. It came to India as well and we welcomed it and now are one of the largest producers of Tea in the world.
The highest tea plantation in the world – Kolukkumalai Tea Estate near Munnar, Kerala is in India.
It stands 8000 feet above sea level and has the most panoramic view and it borders the India state of Tamil Nadu. Tourists can book a jeep ride to the tea plantation and it is an experience to have. Rough ride up the mountain but with the most mesmerising view throughout the journey.
Tea in India is never a simple affair of pouring hot water on cured tea leaves. It is an art, a religion in itself.
Here tea can be dark, milky , with masala , with cardamom, with lemon grass , with fresh mint , with fresh ginger , with cloves , with cinnamon , with nutmeg , with fennel , with salt … Yes with salt …. You imagine it and we might have already drank it. ….
Much spoken and enough sizzled , let’s learn how to make a batch of home made chai masala powder.
1 cup Fresh Green Cardamom pods
8 sticks of Cinnamon
1/3 cup Cloves
1/4 cup Whole black peppercorns
2 Big Nutmegs
1/4 cup Dry ginger powder (optional) (I didn’t use it as I didn’t have it in the pantry.)
Grind everything and store in a glass jar and refrigerate.
1/2 teaspoon of powder is enough for two cups of tea.