How to prepare tea masala at home? Find out here
How to prepare tea masala at home? Find out here

Tea aficionados cherish their favorite drink year-round, but there's something special about enjoying a cup of masala chai during the monsoon season. Instead of relying on store-bought mixes, creating your own chai masala at home allows you to customize the flavors and ensure freshness. Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting this aromatic blend:

4-5 pieces of cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup dried ginger (sounth) instead of fresh ginger
8-10 green cardamom pods
2 pinches of nutmeg powder
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon cloves
1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds

Prepare the Dried Ginger Powder:

Start by grinding the dried ginger into a fine powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Set this powder aside as it forms the base of your chai masala.

Roast the Whole Spices:
Heat a pan over medium heat and add the cinnamon sticks, green cardamom pods, black peppercorns, cloves, and fennel seeds. Dry roast these spices until they become fragrant, stirring continuously to avoid burning. This process enhances their flavors and aromas.

Grind the Spices:
Once the spices are roasted, transfer them to a plate and allow them to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, grind them into a fine powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Combine this powder with the dried ginger powder prepared earlier.

Add Nutmeg Powder:
Mix in the nutmeg powder to the spice blend. Nutmeg adds a warm, slightly sweet note that complements the other spices in the masala.

Store the Chai Masala:
Transfer the chai masala into an airtight glass container to maintain its freshness and potency. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Properly stored, chai masala can retain its flavors for up to three to four months.

How to Use Chai Masala:
Brewing Chai:

To prepare masala chai, boil water in a saucepan and add tea leaves or tea bags along with sugar according to your taste.

Adding Chai Masala:
Once the water comes to a boil and the tea leaves steep, add milk to the saucepan. Stir in the chai masala powder based on your preference for strength and spiciness.

Let the chai simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Adjust the sweetness and spice levels as desired.

Strain and Serve:
Once the chai is brewed to your liking, strain it into cups using a fine mesh strainer to remove any tea leaves and spices. Serve piping hot.

Tips for Enjoying Masala Chai:
Customize to Taste: Experiment with the proportions of spices to create a masala chai that suits your palate. Some may prefer a stronger ginger flavor, while others might enjoy a more prominent cardamom note.

Monsoon Delight: Masala chai pairs perfectly with the soothing ambiance of a rainy day. Whether sipped indoors by a window or on a cozy balcony, its warmth and aroma enhance the monsoon experience.

By preparing chai masala at home, you not only ensure a fresher and more flavorful cup of masala chai but also have the satisfaction of crafting a blend that perfectly suits your taste preferences. Embrace the art of homemade chai masala and elevate your tea-drinking experience this monsoon season and beyond.

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