Ladies and Gentlemen, the weather is officially rubbish! It’s cold, wet and windy; a quintessentially British winter. So this recipe is sure to banish the winter blues with what can only be described as a hug in a mug!
That aside, it is commonly taken in the heat of the day in India, usually accompanied with a sweet biscuit and good chit chat! I recall one evening in Kolkata, I’d been out partying with friends, the club had closed, the night was cool and we pulled up alongside a chai house, Gurudwara Chai I think it was called. It was here I experienced my first masala chai. A warm cup of loveliness encased in a rustic clay cup, I remember its delicate flavour, hot and creamy sustenance…a great way to end a night out on the Town.
Masala Chai is amazing and so simple to make, after many attempts at recreation I was finally satisfied with the following recipe.
The beauty of this drink is you can change anything you like to suit your taste. Give it a Try!
- 4 x cloves
- 2 x cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 pint of milk
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger power
- 3 cups of water
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 2 x tbsp. Loose tea
Place the spices in a pestle and mortar and give them a bash. Note that the finer you grind the spices the stronger the flavour will. I would probably grind them to a course gravelly texture.
Place all the spices in a sauce pan including the ginger and nutmeg. Add the water and bring the boil for 2 – 3 minutes. The remove the pan from the heat and let the spices mingle for a couple for minutes.
Add the milk, sugar and the tea to the pan and once again bring to the boil. Once the tea is a rich golden colour and creamy in texture, the tea is ready. Remove from the heat and let the brew steep for a couple of minutes.
YOUR HUG IN A MUG IS NOW READY!!!! Pour the chai into your favourite mug; curl up on the sofa and Enjoy! I your face winter!!!!:)