Masala Chai

Masala Chai is a staple breakfast drink in India with a myriad of spices like ginger, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, black pepper etc. These spices are warming and are perfect for a winter drink.There are plenty of versions of Chai and this drink has been adapted to suit the palette of each region.Chai Latte is typically the drink made with the tea and the spices with steamed milk.This version of Chai is the Indian version with tips to make an American version of Chai/Chai latte.

Preparation time 10 minutes 
Serves
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories Per Serving Approximately 116 per serving
Difficulty Easy

Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons Darjeeling tea(Orange pekoe etc will also do)
1/4 teaspoon Chai Masala

Procedure:
1.Bring the water to a boil.Add the sugar and tea and let it come to a rolling boil.

2.Add the milk and Chai  masala and let it come to a boil, almost to the point it raises up to the brim and turn off the flame and strain through a filter and serve hot.

Tips:
This is the Indian way of making Chai, the American way of adapting this was  to use all water  for steeping the chai and add creamer of your choice in the end.
You can also use less milk and more water to make a lighter chai and for a denser chai add all milk.
Other alterations to this can be to add vanilla essence, orange zest etc.
If serving a larger crowd, brew the tea with the spice in water and keep refrigerated and use as needed.
The sugar, tea and Chai masala can be packed into a small mason jar to make a cute holiday gift.
Vegan versions can use almond milk or soy milk instead of the milk.

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