Masala tea recipe with step by step photos. Masala tea meaning spiced tea is the favorite winter beverage among most Indians. Even coffee freaks like me crave for a strong cup of masala chai when it is cold or pouring outside. Tea is the preferred morning and evening drink just like coffee for many Indians. Indian also prefer tea with breakfast.
Indian tea recipe comes in many variations. Regular chai, masala chai, ginger cardamom chai, vanilla chai, cutting chai are a few to name. I personally like Indian masala tea anytime.
There are two ways to make masala tea. If you want to enjoy masala tea on a regular basis making your won masala chai powder is a good idea. If you are occasional tea drinker then making masala tea without masala tea powder is suitable.
This is a strong tea recipe as I like strong tea. The ration of milk and water is purely personal preference. I use 30:70 of milk and water. I use around 1 teaspoon tea leaves for a cup. The quanity of tea leaves depends on how strong it is. The brand of tea is very important to get best masala tea recipe. I prefer to use organic tea leaves or granules over tea powder from stores.
To make masala tea recipe with whole spices you can use cloves, cardamom, dried ginger, cinnamon and peppers. You can omit any spice that you don’t prefer. Just pound the spices in a mortar and pestle and use it in the recipe. If you have homemade masala tea powder you can use it place of whole spices. Any good quality store bought masala tea powder like Evrest can also be used. Masala tea comes in many flavors. This masala tea recipe is similar to the masala tea in south Indian restaurants.
Masala tea recipe or masala chai recipe card below:
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 teaspoons tea leaves
- For masala
- 3/4 teaspoon tea masala powder OR
- 2 cloves
- 2 cardamoms
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
- 4-6 black peppercorns
- If you are using whole spices to make masala tea pound them well in a mortar and pestle.
- Bring 1 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add pounded spices or tea masala powder and bring to a boil again.
- Add tea leaves and boil for 2-3 minutes. For a stronger cuppa boil for 3 minutes.
- Add milk and simmer for a minute.
- Strain, add sugar, mix well. Serve masala tea immediately with breakfast or snacks.
How to make masala tea recipe with step by step photos
If you are using whole spices to make masala tea pound them well in a mortar and pestle.
Bring 1 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add pounded spices or tea masala powder and bring to a boil again.
Add tea leaves and boil for 2-3 minutes. For a stronger cuppa boil for 3 minutes.
Add milk and simmer for a minute.
Strain, add sugar, mix well. Serve masala tea immediately with breakfast or snacks.