Weather reports call for rain this weekend!
When it rains (which it almost never does here in San Diego), all I feel like doing is sitting down in front of the TV, watching B movies on the SyFy channel (you know, like “Dinocroc vs. Supergator” or something equally awesome), all while sipping a nice warm cup of tea. My standard cup of tea is, “Tea! Earl Gray! Hot!” but without the Enterprise computer to assist me, why not try to make some Indian style tea?
The only time I really get to have this tea (Masala Chai) is when my husband feels like driving all the way down to the Indian restaurant hot spot (about 40 minutes south)… which is almost never. (The Starbucks version just doesn’t taste right. I know at Starbucks, they call this “Chai Tea Latte.” But since “chai” means “tea” in South East Asia, ordering a “Chai Tea Latte” is kind of like saying, “Can I have a “Tea Tea latte?” Lol. So it doesn’t taste right, and I feel silly ordering it.)
While reading online, I came across some easy instructions for how to make Masala Chai at home, written by an Indian woman who now lives in the U.S. Those instructions were the basis of this recipe… but after some more research, I found some suggestions to add a little bit of black pepper which gives the tea just a little bit extra spiciness (without being overwhelming).
They do sell cardamom in the spice aisle at the regular grocery store… but you will find it for a much better price if you go to an Asian market. I found my cardamom pods at Cost Plus World Market (which was also about half the price of the grocery store). (Oh, and “masala” means “spiced” just in case you were wondering.)
Masala Chai (2 servings):
- 5 whole cloves
- 3 whole green cardamom pods
- 1 black peppercorn
- 1/8 cinnamon stick
- 2 (1/4 inch) slices ginger
- 1 tsp. black tea or 1 teabag (Assam if you have it)
- 2 c. water
- 1 c. milk