Indian masala chai is a very popular beverage in India which can be enjoyed anytime. Tea is one of my favorite beverage and I always enjoy flavored tea. Apart from ginger cardamom tea, masala chai is one of my favorites. Chai masala is a blend of different spices and is used in the preparation of masala tea. Adding a dash of spice blend, no doubt takes the tea to the next level. This chai masala powder is from a Gujarati friend, who was kind enough to share his family recipe. It is very flavorful and aromatic and I loved it very much. Today we will learn how to make Chai/tea masala powder and also preparation of masala tea following this easy recipe.
Dry roast cardamom, whole black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon (break cinnamon sticks into 2-3 pieces, if they are big) on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes. Leave it to cool. There should be no moisture in the spices.
Grate nutmeg and keep it aside. You can also use ready made nutmeg powder.
Powder it coarsely. Add dry ginger powder (sukku powder) and nutmeg powder and grind it to a fine powder.
Aromatic, flavorful chai masala powder is ready. Store it in an airtight container.
How to make Masala Tea/masala chai
Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil, add a tsp of tea leaves or powder, 1/8 tsp of the prepared chai masala powder. You can add fresh ginger also if preferred. Let it steep on low heat for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of milk , when milk is about to boil, simmer for few minutes. Then strain, add needed sugar and enjoy hot cup of Indian masala chai.
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