30 January, 2016
Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)
Chai, a ubiquitous drink in India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world.
Chai is an integral part of Indian culture. Tea came to India from China, but was popularised largely in the British colonial era when large plantations were established. As chai became a working-class drink, it travelled through the country, and people personalised it to their tastes, adding different spices. Today, it is one of the most common drinks in South Asia.
Masala Chai is a distinctive style of milk-based tea which is very relaxing to consume. Legend has it that this spiced, milky take on traditional black tea was invented more than 5,000 years ago by an Indian king who guarded it as a precious treasure.This drink is incredibly simple to make and is the perfect drink for a cold winter day. The recipe I am following was taught to me by my friend Deepti Madurudam.
Want to try it on your own? Here is a traditional recipe for one cup of chai to start with. Feel free to get creative with the amounts of spices added!
What do you put in your own chai? Do you have a signature blend? Watch how Deepti makes her signature chai! This video will teach you how to make Indian Chai at home in just minutes.