Saturday, July 23, 2011

Indian Spice/Masala Tea Recipe famous in Kodaikanal and other hill stations(Masala Chai)


Delicious tea prepared with milk, tea leaves and a combination of spices which has medicinal properties. Masala tea is famous in most of the hill stations in south India. I used to have this tea whenever I visit Kodiakanal available in the tea shops opposite to kodaikanal boat club. Regular visitors to Kodaikanal knows well about this Masala chai. Try this spicy tea and Enjoy Cooking!!!

Ingredients:
Water                                                             1½ cups
Dried tea leaves                                              2 tsp.
Whole milk                                                     1 cup
Masala chai powder                                        ½ tsp.
Sugar                                                              2 tsp.

For the masala

Cinnamon                                                       2 sticks
Ginger powder                                               1 tsp.
Cloves                                                            3-4 nos.
Cardamoms                                                    4-5 nos.
Fennel                                                             ½ tsp.
Peppercorn                                                     1 no.
Powder all the above ingredients & mix.Store in an airtight container.

Procedure:

1. Heat the milk for a minute.
2. Boil the water and the sugar.
3. Add the tea leaves and the masala powder.
4. When the concoction starts boiling, remove it from the fire.
5. Pour out the milk into a cup.
6. Place a strainer on the cup and pour about 1/3 cup of the tea concoction into the strainer.
7. Remove strainer and stir the tea well.

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