I’m a coffee person, and if I can say so myself, kind of a coffee addict. I’ve never like tea and that has always shocked people around me. You see, tea is sort of the national drink in India. A hot cup of tea is always served to guest right as they enter the door. I’ve got many a wierd look when I kindly refuse to take the steaming cup and ask for coffee instead.
But that’s just the way it is. I don’t know how or why, but I became a coffee lover – much to the amazement of my parents! Hubby dear on the other hand, is a true blue Indian tea lover. Nothing can soothe and calm his senses any more than my special cup of masala chai, that I must honestly confess, he taught me how to make! But after all this time of brewing the perfect cuppa for him, he admits that I make it much better than he ever did.
Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp tea powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 5-6 cloves
- 5-6 green cardamom pods
- a pinch of crushed black pepper
- sugar, to taste
- Boil water in a small pan and add tea and spices.
- Add in milk, lower the heat and allow it to come to a boil.
- Pour into cups through a strainer and add sugar according to taste.
- Serve hot and feel your nerves begin to relax.
Tastes great with any sort for fried Indian snacks – like the Onion and Egg Patties seen in the pic!