“Tepidophobia”… Have you heard of this ??? It’s the fear of a badly made cup of tea.
I think I have it ….TEA means TEA , and at the very thought of tea , I need one , and that too a good one ….
I think majority of Indians will say that making Tea was the first thing they ever learnt in kitchen, I think I started when I was in 4th or 5th class
I am from a city named “Bhopal” which is in Madhya Pradesh, India, where majority of the people work at BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited ). They mostly have a fixed schedule. So back to the point, my Dad worked all his life in BHEL, he went very early in the morning and returned home exactly at 4:10 pm everyday, it was a 10 mins travel time on a scooter 🙂 .
So as soon as it was 4:00 pm on the clock, my mom would call out my name and ask me to start preparing the evening tea. Over the time I became her ideal daughter, whom she would call out for tea (or at least I think that way 8-)).
But there were times I got lazy or forgot to add grated ginger or cardamom and that days tea was just simply flat and I felt I wasted time and material . I am sitting here on my couch alone and smiling thinking bout those memories …..
Anyways, so what I wanted to share with you guys today is not the recipe of the tea, but, one simple, pre-prepared mix that can help you create an aromatic Masala Chai (tea) every time. My husband says that this tastes similar to Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks …..I’ll just take it as a compliment as he is miser in complimenting department
This is my Mom’s recipe and she always keeps a small pack ready for me when so ever I visit her, which is unfortunately not so frequent, given that my parents live in India and I am currently in Canada ….. But the Packets she gives me, lasts for few months only. So now I have started creating a batch myself with her recipe .
Thought of sharing with you guys .
Njoy the easy recipe ..there are more pics of the ingredients I used below the recipe. I could find these easily at the local Indian/Middle-Eastern stores in Montreal, Canada.
- 100 Grams Dry Ginger Powder
- 40 Grams Black pepper corns (see notes)
- 40 Grams Green Cardamom (see notes)
- 10 Grams Cloves
- half inch Cinnamon stick (optional)
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor or a mixer/blender , and pulse until finely grounded .
- Store this in an air tight container.
- It can lasts for months and you need only a fourth of a teaspoon per cup of tea you make.
- Add it to the boiling water along with the tea leaves while making Chai
- Making 1 cup Tea: We all know this, but just in case some ppl have doubts for Indian Masala Chai
- Boil 3/4th cup of water in a sauce pan over medium high heat and add 1 TBS tea leafs (1 tea bag of black tea) and 1/4 th tsp of Chai Masala .
- Bring this to boil and add 1/4 cup of milk Its always preferred to make chai in atleast 3.25% milk or Whole milk , but this is a personal preference
- Add Sugar as per you taste (you can add this even after straining the chai into thecup)
- Let this boil for few mins
- Strain the tea in a cup and enjoy your perfect Chai Tea Latte
- 1) If the powdered form of the ingredients are available, those can be used to avoid grinding, but as always said fresh is always better 🙂
- 2) You can play around with the given ingredients to increase the quantity of Ginger powder or Black Pepper or even Cinnamon to adjust with your palate