Friday, April 27, 2007

Masala Chai (Masala Tea)

If you've never had your Chai 'cutting' style (or a strong, sweet coffee), chances are you weren't very loved by your Puneri friends. In all my days spent at Vaishali (which would probably be each day I was a student at Fergusson and most days after that) I never had the good fortune of having an entire cup of tea. Every time the waiter brought you your cup of tea, chances are that you'd have at least 2 empty glasses (one of them probably cracked) shoved right next to your cup. Just so you could 'cut' the chai by two. Chai never tastes as sweet in a styrofoam cup at Starbucks or even your own kitchen in New York City. Chai can only be enjoyed when one cup is divided into as many parts as there are people at the table. May there always be more people at your table than cups of Chai

1 cup water
2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp black Indian tea (preferably orange pekoe)
1/2 inch cube of ginger (crushed)
3-4 whole cardamoms (crushed) or 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
2 cloves
A small piece of cinnamon
Pinch of black pepper
3-4 pistils of saffron

In a pot start boiling the water and add ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and pepper.
When the water comes to a boil, add the sugar.
Wait until the sugar dissolves.
After the sugar dissolves, add tea leaves and allow to boil for 20 seconds.
Remove from the stove and cover with a lid.
Allow the tea to seep for a minute or two.
Pour tea in a cup to 3/4 the cup.
Top the rest with whole milk.
Add saffron and stir.

Enjoy with Nice Time or Glucose-D biscuits.


Nupur said...

What a great post! Truly captures the spirit of a cup of chaha!

TheCooker said...

Vaishali-cha chaha!
Uttapa and the special-order hirvi chutney. Memories of Vaishali & Fergusson :)
A shared cup of tea is indeed the sweetest.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post, chai truly is best when shared. Instead of sharing one cup though, why not make a big pan of chai so you can all have a glass? That's what I do, here are some pictures on my blog:

Anonymous said...

Netter Beitrag

PranisKitchen said...

what a wonderful presentation..Sure have to make a cup of masla chai now itselt ...Good blog

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