It was cold outside and we were gathered with a group of friends in our living room discussing our favorite books and listening to music. I got up to prepare hot drinks for everyone and asked for specific requests. Some wanted hot chocolate, others wanted tea with cinnamon and a few chose mocha; however, R. was in a special drink mood and so he asked for chai masala. Chai masala, I thought, mmm… I’d like to try my hand at making that from scratch. And I did! With all modesty, here’s a very successful recipe for chai masala or spiced tea with milk.
CHAI MASALA (for 2):
– 2.5 cups water
– 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– 1 tsp crushed cardamoms or cardamom powder
– 5 cloves
– 3 whole black peppercorns
– 1 Tbsp black loose tea
– 2 Tbsp brown sugar (or 1 heaped Tbsp white sugar)
– 1/2 cup hot steamed milk (or to taste)
1. Pour the water in a small coffee pot or rakweh (check Taste of Beirut coffee post and see the rakweh she used to make coffee) and add the 5 spices. Bring to boil then lower the heat and simmer for ten to twelve minutes.
2. Now raise the heat, put the loose tea in and the sugar and stir. Count to ten and then turn off the heat.
3. Using a strainer, pour the tea into coffee cups and then add hot milk. Adjust the sugar to taste.
Very easy to make using fresh spices that you would probably find in your pantry right now! Get up and get warmed up with a cup of chai masala!