This is my second post on tea and I guess the quote affirms my love for tea- that is if you could see the absence of great quotes from other posts I would never ever refuse a cup of tea and always had a great company at home and outside to enjoy the small cups of goodness.
A great contrast to my “tea-crazy” self, my husband is not much of a “tea” or a “coffee” person. When he first told me of this, I asked him- “Seriously? what kind of person are you?? Five years into marriage, the tea evangelist in me finally managed to get him to (occasionally) enjoy the masala chai that I make at home.
So when this Friday he asked me for a cup of the chai, I tried a slightly different version of the regular masala chai that turned out great.
- Water- 4 cups
- Loose black tea leaves- 3 tsp, I used Darjeeling tea
- Cinnamon- 1 Tsp (coarsely crushed bark).
- Ginger (grated)- 1 tsp
- Cardamom- 3-4 pods crushed
- Grated nutmeg- a pinch
- Dried Lavender buds- 1/4 tsp
- Place 3 cups water in a small saucepan.
- Add cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and Lavender.
- Add sugar per taste if you are using or any sweetener)
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat to low
- Simmer until the mixture (and your kitchen) smells aromatic, about 10 minutes.
- While the tea is simmering, prepare the milk.
- If you have a milk frother at home, go ahead and use it. I do not have one, so I used the following trick that turned out pretty well.
- Heat milk in microwave for about a minute. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight lid. Shake vigorously for about 30 sec.
- Open the lid carefully and with the back of your spoon hold off the froth.
- Strain the tea into cups and add milk.
- Spoon the froth and top off the chai.
- Dust lightly with cinnamon powder and enjoy
Note: I used 2% milk and the froth was good enough. You can use whole milk for thicker froth.