Chai is a meditation of sorts. Chai is not just a beverage, it's a way of life in India. Indian Masala Chai is typically made with a mix of milk and water, tea leaves, masala - a blend of various spices, ginger, and some sugar or other sweetener. There may be ingredients added or skipped from the ones listed above, but milk, water, and tea leaves is a must.
Course: Beverage, Drink
Cuisine: Indian, World
Author: Sonal Solanki | Eat More Art
1cupMilkUse almond milk or soy milk for vegan version
2teaspooonsLoose leaf Tea
1teaspoonSugar (or to taste). Can be replaced with other sweeteners
1/4 - 1/2teaspoonGinger, freshly grated
1/8-1/4teaspoonChai Masala - a blend of spices typically made at home
Heat water and milk in a vessel. Add grated ginger, sugar. Let it come to a boil on medium heat. Add tea leaves and let it boil for about 4 minutes.
Add chai masala. Let it boil on low to medium heat for another 4-5 minutes. Keep adjusting the flame as the tea reaches the brim of the vessel - lower the heat and then again increase it a bit, as the tea boils, stirring periodically. The true taste of a good Indian Masala Chai is in the way it is boiled.
Turn off the heat. Strain using a strainer. Enjoy your hot cuppa masala chai!