In India, chai is no less than a culture. One of the most popular beverages among all, chai holds a constant place in our everyday life. From kick starting our mornings to initiating conversation, a cup of chai helps us do it all. That's not all. Chai benefits our health too. For instance, green tea works as an antioxidant, while masala chai provides the warmth our body needs during weather change. Currently, we are experiencing a shift from the hot summer days to the cold winter season. This means, it is time to resort to everything warm and soothing - kadak masala chai being a popular choice among all.
Ginger, cloves, cinnamon and other masalas brewed well with milk, sugar (or jaggery) and tea leaves, this hot drink defines comfort for all. So much so that you will find people preparing the masala chai premix beforehand to enjoy it whenever they feel like. But let us agree, there is something very unique about the 'nukkadwali' masala chai that makes us fall for it time and again. If you notice, you will find people thronging their nearby chai stall during the winters, to enjoy a cup of chai (while enjoying the nippy weather). Ever wondered what is so unique about the chai brewed in these street side stalls?! We feel, the answer lies in the masala they make for the chai. And guess what, we have found the recipe for you!
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You heard us. We recently came across a special recipe that will help you prepare a chai premix at home to enjoy the 'nukkad' style masala chai anytime you want. This recipe has been shared by food vlogger Parul on her YouTube channel 'Cook With Parul'. Let's take a look.
Masala Chai Premix Recipe: How To Make Chai Masala To Enjoy Nukkad-Style Chai At Home:
- In a pan, take 3tbsp green cardamom, 1 tbsp peppercorn, 1 tbsp clove, 10gm cinnamon, 2 tbsp fennel seeds, 4 black cardamoms and 1 nutmeg.
- Stir these spices well on low flame, for a few minutes.
- When the masalas release aroma, add 4 tbsp dry ginger powder and some Tulsi leaves (optional) and mix well.
- Transfer the spices in a grinder and grind it into fine powder.
- And you get nukkad-style masala chai premix ready in just no time. Transfer the masala in an airtight container and store in your pantry.
In the video, Parul further demonstrated when to add the masala in your tea to enjoy the flavours to the fullest. Watch the detailed recipe video below:
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Now that you have the recipe for nukkad-wali masala chai handy, we suggest, brew it at home and enjoy!
About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.