Masala Chai is a delightfully rich and creamy spiced tea, originating from India. It’s made from black tea and a variety of beautiful aromatic spices which are brewed in milk and sweetened with sugar. Masala chai means ‘mixed spice tea’. The western world had a similar name called Chai Latte.
Masala Chai is an integral part of many indian homes around the world, In India it is served on the streets from small road side tea vendors and used to welcome family and friends into their homes.
Homemade Masala chai spice can be made from a blend of cardamom, cinnamon, dried ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper, which is roasted and then ground into a pungent fine powder, the traditional and best masala chai is made with loose leaf tea and whole spices, which gives a more pungent, flavorsome brew.
How to brew the perfect Masala Chai
- 2 cups of water
- 3 lemon grass leaves;
- cut mint leaves;
- Masala chai spice;
- 2 tea bags;
- 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger;
- 1 tsp of masala chai spice; and
- In a teapot, add water , cut mint leaves, cut lemon grass leaves, grated ginger and masala chai spice;
- Bring to a boil and then add the tea bags, brew till desired strength;
- Add milk and and bring to a boil; and
- Strain and serve.
Serve with some hot indian snacks such as samosas or chilli bites.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.