A very traditional Indian beverage, Masala Chai literally means Mixed Spice Tea. There is no universal Chai recipe. The beverage varies from region to region and even from family to family, each guarding their own recipe which is often passed down from generation to generation.
Masala = Mixed Spice & Chai = Tea
A traditional Indian beverage made with steamed milk & sweetened to taste.
For a quick & simply Masala Chai variation, pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp of Chai; let steep 5 mins, then add 1/2 cup of hot milk or condensed milk for greater sweetness. Strain leaves & spices before drinking.
Another suggestion is to prepare a mixture of half Chai (tea) & half milk & then steam like a cappuccino; at home a small hand-held frother is perfect for Chai!
For an authentic Masala Chai, simmer 1 tsp of Chai with 1/2 cup milk & honey on stovetop. Gradually add 1/2 cup water. Strain leaves & spices before drinking.
Pouring over ice makes delicious Iced Chai!
This versatile tea can also be prepared as a self-drinker. Plain hot Chai is made like any black tea (steep 5 minutes) or green tea (steep up to 3 minutes). May be enjoyed without adding milk.