A cup of Chai…

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)

Masala Chai enjoyed with Onion & Egg Patties

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  • 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!

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