Saturday, April 01, 2006

Favorite Things Saturday: Masala Chai Tea

simmering tea, spices, milk and water

Studying abroad in Zimbabwe was where I first realized the pleasure of tea--as a former British colony, it's a well established ritual in rural villages and the cities--mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and often late evenings. Prior to the trip, I never put sugar or milk in my tea, but was basically forced to do so there as every family I stayed with expressed shock and bewilderment when I didn't. And they were right--it is much better when richly mixed with the two. Now, six years later, an afternoon or right-before-bed cup of tea is a favorite comfort in my life.

I don't often drink heavy black tea full of sugar and milk these days, often opting for green tea with lemon or a mint tisane instead. However, with the ongoing rain and cold weather here, yesterday I wanted something cozier and remembered Jasmine's post about homemade masala chai. Chai incorporates my favorite spices--cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and while you can buy chai teabags or loose tea, it's incredibly easy to make yourself. Simmer some black tea, the lightly crushed spices, milk and water for a few minutes, let it steep for a few minutes more, strain into a cup, mix in your sweetner of choice, curl up on the couch with a book, and you're all set.

This post is for Jill's Favorite Things Saturday.


Jasmine said...

Hi Erin

Great post!

I can relate to "tea shock."

When visiting my relatives a few years ago, I learned that pretty much everyone's tea was incredibly sweet and rich. I always used a bit of milk and sugar--but not *that* was almost like sipping a tea-flavoured sugar concentrate...Every time I was offered tea, my mum would run into their kitchen to make sure that they weren't putting in a quarter-kilo of sugar for the pot. It got to be a bit of a joke really.


Luke- Jigsaw Master said...

I also studied in a tea loving country-- India. When there I woudl have tea two - three times a day and when ever I made a visit to a person's house. I will never forget rolling up to an Indian railway station in the middle of the night and hearing the tea whallas yelling in a high pitched nasal voice...Chai, Chai

Now the highly sweetened and frothy tea is my solace and take me back to the land of India

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Honestly this dish doesn't look appetizing, but my mother says it is really good to be healthy, and that's what I need at this moment; health.

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I have heard only positive commnets about Masala chai tea, specially by the quanty of nutrients it contains. Unfortunetly I haven't had the opportunity to taste it.