Friday, February 06, 2009

Masala Chai

When lectures are cancelled for a second day running

And it's cold and slushy outside,
I delve into 'The Little Prince'
Whilst sipping a brew of masala chai.

Masala chai
Makes 2 servings

375ml water
8 cardamom pods
8 whole cloves
1 inch stick of cinnamon
3 slices of fresh ginger
165ml milk
3 tsp brown sugar (or to taste)
2 black tea bags

Put the water, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down, cover, and simmer very gently for 10 minutes. Add milk and sugar and bring back to a simmer. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags, and cover. Let steep for 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and strain masala chai into two cups and serve immediately.

Slushy on the roads but gloriously snowy in the fields. My first snowman in years!


Margaret said...

If only I drank tea - I think I could then have loved this recipe. My son would readily drink this though.

Charmaine said...

Oh! I've been looking for a recipe but was too overwhelmed by the torrents of varying recipes I found... I'll give this a go! Fantastic photos, too!

c+j said...

Margaret - I wonder if it can be made without the tea and with vanilla instead, but with more milk than water, or with some cream so it doesn't taste so watery. Could be yum although at the same time it could be a disaster!

Charmaine - thanks very much! Yes definitely give it a go, lovely especially on a cold winter day. The good thing is you can play around with the spices to your liking. Some people add black peppercorns and star anise too. All very warming.