How to Make Masala Chai - Recipe

 ,  |  Updated: March 14, 2015 12:04 IST

How to Make Masala Chai - Recipe

Something to take the chill off … Photograph: Claire Thomson/Guardian

The odd cuppa won’t hurt the kids – and a sweet, spicy chai is as warming and tasty as hot chocolate.

After a whole winter of hot chocolate requests, I thought I’d road-test an alternative hot drink on the children as they came running home from school, feeling the chill.

I remember the frequency with which we drank masala chai on trips to India – nursing earthenware cups of sweetly spiced tea while sitting on our rucksacks, waiting for buses. But for children, moderation is key – I see no harm in my kids having the odd cup of tea. It hasn’t toppled hot chocolate from its No 1 spot, but has provided a welcome change.

Masala chai
A batch of masala chai.Photograph: Claire Thomson/Guardian

(Makes 600ml)

1 English breakfast teabag

6 green cardamom pods

6 cloves

½ tsp ground ginger

1 cinnamon stick

12 peppercorns

500ml freshly boiled water

100ml milk

2-3 tsp sugar

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Snip open the teabag and place the contents in a saucepan. Add the spices and the boiling water, and simmer for three to five minutes over a medium-high heat.

Strain through a fine tea strainer into a jug, then return to the pan. Add the milk and sugar, stir over the heat for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.


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