How to make masala chai

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The term “masala” describes a spice mixture that frequently consists of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and star anise. Millions of Indians love this popular hot beverage, which is offered by tea vendors, or chai wallahs, around the country. People love masala chai, especially in the wet and chilly winter months when it keeps the body warm.The type of tea leaf and the quality of the spices affect the tea’s potency. Please change the amounts as needed. If you prefer your tea to be more or less milky, you may also change the amount of milk used.

Masala Chai is black tea brewed with spices and milk with wonderful sense of warmth.

Steps to make a Masala Chai

1. Take ½ inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 inch ginger in a mortar-pestle.
2. Crush coarsely and keep aside.
3. In a saucepan or a small pan with a handle, heat 2 cups water (500 ml).
4. Let the water come to a boil and then add the crushed spices. if you want you can even add a generous pinch of nutmeg powder along with the spices. Some mint leaves or lemon grass also can be added.
5. Boil the spices along with the water for 2 to 3 minutes. add sugar as per taste. I usually add 4 teaspoon raw sugar. You can add more or less depending upon the sweetness desired.
6. Now add 2 teaspoons Assam tea. Boil for a minute. This boiling time depends on how strong you want your tea. If you prefer a strong intense tea, then simmer for a few more minutes.
7-Add ¼ cup milk. Add more milk if required. You can even use soy milk or almond milk. If using soy milk, then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. If using almond milk, then gently heat through. Do not let the almond milk come to a boil or the tea will get a grainy texture.
8- After adding milk boil for 2 to 3 minutes. If using chilled milk, then boil with tea for 2 to 3 minutes. if using hot milk, then add the milk and switch off the flame.
9-. Pour the tea through a tea strainer directly in the cup.
10-Serve masala chai hot with some Indian snacks or Indian cookies or biscuits or with snacks like aloo pakora, veg cutlet, medu vada

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