I really wanted to post something and as I was blissfully sipping away on my Chai tea this afternoon, I thought back to a post I wrote on my previous blog about how to brew chai tea, and decided I would revamp it and bring it over here!
So what exactly is it?
Masala Chai is a blend of black tea leaves combined with a mix of aromatic Indian herbs and spices, brewed in milk and water. The herbs and spices most typically used include star anise, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and ginger...although, despite what some may say, there is no hard and fast list of ingredients.
So HOW DO YOU brew Chai tea?
Once again, there is actually no right or wrong way about it. Typically though, the tea and spices are brewed in a pot over a stove or fire, with water and milk (any milk that is, not just soy as some may tell you). Sweetener can be added later to taste, most typically honey.
Here are two methods, I like to use, to brew the perfect cup of Chai.
Stove top method
- In a milkpan add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk.
- Add a heaped teaspoon of your favourite chai tea blend. Mine is T2's Chai.
- Bring the mix to the boil and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until your desired strength is achieved.
- Through a strainer, pour tea into two cups (or one big one as I like to do).
- Add honey to taste, one teaspoon does it for me, and stir =)
- Bliss out as you sip away your days crapiness.
The clean up can be messy. My advice is to discard the used tea and spices immediately as well as soak your pot straight away.
Steamed milk method
This is for when I'm feeling lazy and for those who have a coffee machine or a milk steamer
- Fill a mesh tong infuser with your favourite chai tea blend.
- Place the infuser in your cup and pour in enough boiling water to just cover the tea. (or about a quarter of the cup, I don't like to add to much water with this method) Allow to steep for a few minutes.
- Steam milk as per you would for making coffee. (Don't aerate the crap out of your milk (lots of sound and bubbles, big NO NO!)...this applies to when you're making coffee too!) ...Hey, I'm a barista, I couldn't help but add that little note ;)
- Pour steamed milk into prepared cup and allow tea to steep in the milk for a few minutes.
- Add honey to taste. Once again, one teaspoon does it for me, stir and take solace in it's pure bliss.