Masala Chai is an Indian tea infused with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
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I love chai, so this was the first recipe I tried from Rouxbe. Turned out great, very simple to make, not as spicy as most chai's I've had. I'd increase the steeping time for the spices and will probably bump up the amount of spice next time.
I've also put all everything except for the milk, sugar and tea in sachets, so all I have to do is put those into the simmering milk and I just remove the sachets & teabags in the end (I hate washing strainers) ...
I made this Chai this morning, and it was quite nice. My girlfriend suggested that I use evaporated milk instead of the normal milk, since that is what most Indian chefs use when making the Chai. It was quite amazing. I also used a larger quantity of the spices, which gave it more of a kick.
This is great on ice. Just let it cool and then shake it in a Martini shaker with ice. Then pour into a large glass filled with fresh ice. Yum!
I also think that I would like it with evaporated milk as Mohamed mentioned.
As for making it spicier, it is a personal preference really. Make it once and you will then be able to determine whether you want it spicier or not. This one is more mellow to please the masses!
I love this with skim milk and I make it often enough to add a custom group to my SparkPeople account. Seeing as I drink 8 oz at a time, that's three servings per recipe. I might just need to start doubling it, though. :D
I use loose tea leaves - usually english breakfast, but sometimes earl grey - giving it more zest. I also use a full teaspoon of peppercorns to spice mine up.
Toast the whole spices for 2 minutes on medium heat. Then add the ginger. Remove from the heat once the ginger starts to turn golden. The dry heat brings out the essential oils and really took this tea to the next level.
This recipe was quite a bit different than how I usually do it, BUT I really enjoyed it. Before I used just milk, no water, and ground the spices first. It was always a pain to strain but so yummy it was worth it. This way with the H2O it's thinner but came out great. Toasting the spices first is a great idea.
I used the full tsp.of ginger and peppercorns for the perfect combination of spices & simmered it for 10 min. Instead of 5. My Indian friends would approve I'm sure.
You can use lots of other spices like cumin & coriander just make sure your spices are whole and fresh to start, no ground cinnamon , ginger,ect.
Toast to the toasting suggestion & Honey do!
Penzy's is a great source for the lot!
You can keep the lid off or put it on when the spices are added. Because the liquid gently simmers for a short period of time (only 5 minutes), it won't evaporate substantially. If you choose to steep the ingredients for longer, you can cover the pot. Just make sure the heat is very low and stir from time to time so the milk doesn't scorch on the bottom of the pot.
The lid can be placed on the pot after the tea has been added and the heat is turned off (just to keep it warm while it steeps). Cheers!