February 11, 2017

Masala Chai / Masala Tea || Cooking with Family and Friends - #2 ||


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)

  1. Water - 2 and 1/2  cups
  2. Milk - 2 cups
  3. Ginger - 1 inch crushed
  4. Star anise - 1
  5. Cinnamon - 1 inch
  6. Cardamom - 3 crushed
  7. Cloves - 4
  8. Tea Leaves -  2 tbsp
  9. Sugar
  • 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!