We just spent two weeks in India.
India can be intense. It can be frustrating and exhausting and overwhelming. But it can also be beautiful, kind and rewarding.
One of my favorite things about it though was the food. Oh the food.
Hands down one of the best food I’ve tasted on our trip has been in India. There are so many different dishes, full of vibrant colors and spices. The possibilities are endless.
In our limited time there I was only able to take one cooking class but this was a great introduction into Indian cooking.
So today I’ll share a simple yet delicious recipe for an Indian staple – Masala Chai.
Everywhere in India you will see people drinking masala chai out of small cups, from street vendors, to hotel managers. Not a train ride will go by where you won’t here a tea vendor rushing through the aisle yelling chai at the top of his lungs.
This one little drink is truly magical.
Unlike Western tea this is made using milk instead of water. On top of the black tea leaves there are also spices added – the chai masala spices.
The aroma from these spices is incredible. I just so happened to be taking the cooking class with a woman whose husband runs a spice shop, so all of the spices are freshly made based on his secret formula.
The process for making the tea is fairly simply.
You need to combine the milk, a bit of sugar, black tea, and the tea spice in a pot.
From there you bring the mixture to a boil, lift up the pot so it doesn’t pour over, and repeat until the mixture has come to a boil 5 times. This is important in order to kill all of the bacteria in the milk and is good for your health according to Ayerveda (Indian natural therapy medicine).
Last step is just to filter the tea and serve hot.
The final result? Delicious. Rich and full of spiced flavors. A perfect tea.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 spoons of sugar (omit if you prefer sugar free)
- 1 spoon of black tea leaves
- 2 pinches tea spice
- In a pot combine all ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, remove pot from heat, and repeat until the mixture has come to a boil 5 times.
- Filter and tea and serve hot.