There’s nothing that brings family and friends together more than sharing a pot of garma garam chai as say we in India or hot hot tea. In India chai isn’t just a beverage, it’s an event – a good cup of chai determines the kind of day you’re going to have, it’s something you make with pride to offer your guests and you laugh, share, love and love by holding a warm and fragrant cup of this brew in your hands.
Tea isn’t really my speciality, I grew up drinking coffee and I must admit, that is is my beverage of choice. My husbands family on the other hand, drinks tea like there is no tomorrow. When we visit them in Bangalore, they literally have a pot brewing throughout the day. Instead of drinking a cup at a designated time, they will drink ‘adhi cup’ or a half cup at intervals throughout the day. Even if there is just a little bit left, they will share it among whoever else wants to have it. My husband Mac makes a mean masala chai and it’s really the only time I allow him to use my kitchen. Since I don’t drink tea, or make it, this has evolved into his special recipe. Over the years, he has mastered the art and friends come from near and far to sit down and drink a cup of masala chai with him. When we entertain guests, I usually do all the cooking and it’s wonderful to sit back have him take over after the meal has been consumed.
- 3 cups water
- 5 Cardamoms crushed
- 3- 1 inch sticks Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp sliced fresh Ginger
- 4 tsps or more loose Tea
- 2 cups milk
- Sugar to taste
- Bring water to the boil and add some whole spices cardamom, cinnamon and some fresh ginger followed by loose Indian tea.
- Bring this to the boil and get the tea steep together with the spices and ginger.
- Add the milk
- Add sugar or serve the sugar on the side