Thursday, September 30, 2010
Masala Chai, yum.
This past year I have been obsessed with finding the perfect chai recipe. I have bought multiple kinds of spices in whole and ground form. No attempt has ever been a failure, but it just hasn't ever been perfect. Interestingly enough I've never actually had the real authentic deal, but I love chai in any form (even Starbucks!). Patrick, however, has been to India and drunk more than his fair share of the deliciously spicy stuff. So he has been my judge of each attempt. He tells me the real stuff is so spicy you'll want to chase it with water (but he has literally ZERO tolerance for spicy things). So who really knows about that part. Also, interesting fact, chai is just a generic term for tea. So calling it chai tea is kind of silly. Masala chai means "spiced tea", which makes much more sense. Get with it Starbucks!
Anyway, for this recipe I ended up finding chai masala (tea spice) at an Indian grocery store. It's just a mixture of all the ground spices all ready to go. It is also extremely inexpensive. I would recommend searching around and seeing if there is a store like that around you. This recipe has produced by far the best results so far.
-a few slices of fresh ginger
- 2 tsp of black tea (or a tea bag!)
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chai masala spice blend (like this one)
- milk of choice (I prefer almond)
- sweetener of choice (I really like honey)
Begin by placing 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of milk, depending on how creamy of a drink you want, with enough water added in to equal one cup in a small sauce pan over med-high heat. Put ginger slices into a tea strainer and then place inside pan.
Once milk/water is warm whisk in your tea spice (adjust according to spiciness preference, I like mine extra spicy so I use 1/2 tsp). Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and add your tea to the strainer and let it steep for a few minutes. Pour into mug, add sweetener to taste, and enjoy!
I am also on the prowl for a good recipe using individual spices, so hopefully I will report back with that someday soon!