Living in the middle east makes you crave for those green sights and where better can you satisfy your longing than at your parents place. Sitting back and relaxing with a steaming pot of masala tea on the traditional cane chair overlooking the yard - watching the orchids and the roses bloom in mamma's garden, three naughty little dachshunds (Rani - the senior and our companion for years, Bruno - the naughtiest and gunda of the lot and the 7 month old sweetheart, Coco)dashing around like there is no tomorrow and a wonderful evening pass by with your family. There is truly no place like home!! Can't say how much I miss this. I crave for those rainy weekend evenings during the school days when all we needed was a cup of tea with fried snacks and lots of family talk!
This time in our series of cooking with family - it is my mamma again as we make masala tea for one such wonderful and lazy evening when all we want to do is sit and chat!
(Makes 4 cups)
- Water - 2 and 1/2 cups
- Milk - 2 cups
- Ginger - 1 inch crushed
- Star anise - 1
- Cinnamon - 1 inch
- Cardamom - 3 crushed
- Cloves - 4
- Tea Leaves - 2 tbsp
- Add water to a pan along with ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Bring this to boil and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the tea leaves and turn off the flame. Keep it covered for 5 minutes.
- Switch on the flame and add the milk. Bring this to boil and turn off the flame.
- Strain the tea and add sugar as per taste. Serve it hot with your evening snacks!