Masala Chai Tea

03 March

We have this wonderful little spice shop in Temecula called "The Old Town Spice Merchant". With the smell of spice in the air it feels festive all year long. I Love it!

You will LOVE making your own chai tea! I suggest even if you don't intend to make it soon, keep these spices on hand! They are wonderful additions to stews, cottage pies and savory pastries!
If you are dairy free.. you will love the coconut milk version, it's so Island Perfect! Also the almond milk version, amazing aroma and flavor!

Masala Chai Ingredients

9 whole cloves

4 cardamom pods

4 star anise
1 cup water

2 cups milk
 of choice (cow, coconut, almond, rice...)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

5 pepper berries
2 rounded tablespoons raw sugar

2 heaping tablespoons Cinnamon Orange Black Tea (or black tea of your choice)

Masala Chai Directions
In a mortar (or a mini prep grinder), crush the cloves, cardamom pods, star anise and  blackpepper berries. 

Transfer the crushed spices to a small saucepan, add the water and ginger and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 8 minutes.

This gorgeous loose tea is a black tea with crushed cinnamon stick and dried orange peel.

      After spices have simmered for around 8 minutes, add the milk, loose tea and sugar.

At a low temperature, let the Masala chai simmer for 5-7 more minutes.

      When it starts to get frothy turn off the heat and and let it sit for 5 minutes. Strain 2 times
      through a sieve into a teapot.

As you can see from my messy stove top, I double refined this chai tea through two strainers. It wouldn't even be a bad idea to run it through a cheese cloth if you have that on hand. Enjoy your chai tea.. definitely with someone who's company you enjoy! It's so fun to make this from scratch, and so worth the taste !

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