I have noticed a common menu item amongst coffee shops these days, it’s call Chai Tea Latte. Coming from a South Asian background, I always look at the name on the menu and just cringe a tad bit, why? Well because Chai means tea in several languages spoken across India! So the menu is literally saying “Tea Tea Latte”, does that still sound exotic and appealing to purchase? I don’t think so! A ‘Chai Tea Latte’ is actually commonly known as Masala Chai across India because of the blend of spices in black tea, and as for the latte portion, well Indian’s commonly make their tea with milk!
Now that you have a bit of background on the drink, I have put together my favorite recipe for Masala Chai for you all to enjoy at home! My dad says that nothing beats the taste of fresh spices, so if you’re into drinking Masala Chai, stop buying the powder and take an extra 30 seconds to make it truly authentic!
Masala Chai Recipe ( mistakenly termed Chai Tea Latte)
Serving: 1 cup
1/2 cup water
1 tea bag/ 1/2 tablespoon of Black Tea
1 tablespoon of honey (can be skipped if you are vegan/don’t like sweet tea)
4 crushed Cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (crushed)
1/2 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
- Add the water in a pot along with the black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, honey, and ginger.
- Bring water to a boil, this allows the flavor of the spices to seep in
- Once the water begins to boil, wait at least one minute and then add you choice of milk (dairy or non-dairy) to the same pot (so you’re mixing the milk with the water and spices)
- Bring the milk to boil
- Once the boiling milk begins to rise, remove the pot from the stove
- Use a tea strainer and strain the tea into a cup
- Enjoy your delicious Masala Chai
This is an authentic way of making Masala Chai, for any questions on the directions feel free to comment!
Also, my brother and I are going Vegan for a week! His ultimate goal is to attain 200 grams of protein eating a Vegan diet. More on our journey and meal plans next week!