Masala Chai Recipe – Indian Spiced Tea

Masala Chai is the delicious preparation of tea from India that is made with a combination of spices. Among the all the chai varieties, the one infused with ginger is an all time favorite and by adding spices like black pepper and cinnamon or cardamom makes me get into a refreshed and relaxed state of mind. Although each family has their secret recipe for making the masalas for ‘Chai’; I personally like to make it with just one spice.  Water, Loose leaf tea, Ginger, Cardamom Powder (Elaichi), Black pepper powder, Cinnamon Powder (Dalchini), Milk, Sugar   2 cups Water 1 tablespoon Loose leaf tea , Red Label or Lipton or Assam 1 teaspoon Ginger , grated 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi) 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder (Dalchini) 1/4 cup Milk Sugar , to taste     5   10     To begin making the Masala Chai Recipe, warm milk and keep aside. In a saucepan bring two cups of water and the ground spices and ginger to a boil. Allow it to boil for a few minutes so the water gets flavored with the spices.Add in the tea leaves and allow the tea mixture to come to a boil and let it simmer for less than a minute till the color of the water changes to a maroon colour. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow the tea to brew for a few minutes.Pour in the warm milk and give the tea a stir.Using a small strainer filter the tea to individual cups or a teapot. Stir in the sugar to taste.Serve the Masala Chai hot with some of the Tea Time Snacks.