Thursday, October 24, 2013

Masala Chai... A late night treat

It's usually summer all year round in Mumbai, it does get a little chilly sometimes. It's been raining past few days and the weather is awesome. Late night, rom -com and snuggling up with Loki on the couch, with a spicy hot pot of masala chai is heaven.
Here's a fairly simple but super tasty recipe. As long as you have all the ingredients ready it doesn't take more than five minutes. I do stock up a bunch of spices for regular cooking, which come handy when I have these sudden masala tea cravings.

You need:
A small piece of ginger, crushed.
One cardamom pod- crushed
1 piece of star anise
2 cloves
Half a cinnamon stick
2-3 peppercorns - crushed
2-3 spoonful of brown sugar
1 glass of water
1 glass of milk
2 spoonfuls of tea powder

Get a pot of water to boil. Add the ginger and the rest of the spices, and let it simmer for a bit... this is the part where your kitchen starts to smell like heaven.
Pour in the milk and sugar and simmer again for a couple of minutes. Switch off the heat, and add the loose tea powder. Cover the pot, and let the flavors infuse for about 3 minutes, or more if you prefer it stronger. Strain the tea into the teapot or cups. You can garnish this with a spring of mint.
But tonight i enjoyed my cuppa with some special butter cookies from a bakery in pune.

You know where else you get good masala chai ? I was pleasantly surprised with the masala chai in Starbucks actually. Its not as spicy, quite light, but still pretty yummy.