Masala chai, also known as masala tea, is India's most loved beverage and is loved by everyone. Perfect when served with samosa, other fried snacks, biscuits, or on its own.
Living in India through a global pandemic and two lockdowns, I had to learn how to make my own chai at home! So here it is, my own take on masala chai. Tried and tested through hot summers, rainy monsoons, and slow-paced locked down days in Rishikesh and Goa.
Indian Masala Chai
1 cup water
1 cup milk
a generous amount of fresh grated ginger
a few whole crushed cardamon pods
loose leaf black tea
jaggery or sugar to sweeten
Add the water to a saucepan and bring it to the boil
Add the grated ginger and crushed cardamom pods, and let them simmer until aromatic
Add a tablespoon of loose leaf tea and let it simmer some more
Pour in the milk and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the tea darkens and thickens a bit. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Strain the masala chai and serve in small tea cups. Enjoy!