Chai PSA or My Great Grandmother's Tea
For me, there are few things as satisfying as a good cup of tea and something to dunk in it. But my good cuppa requires masala (spices). And not masala of the chicken tikka type obviously, coz that would be weird.
- •Chai lattes are mostly not great & nothing like real Indian tea. Real Indian tea also tends to differ from place to place & family to family.
- •I find many of the pre-made Indian tea mixes or flavoured tea bags to be quite strong, heavy on certain spices & not particularly pleasant.
- •Plain elachi (cardamom) mixes and tea bags are a safe bet though. I buy Tetley's elachi tea bags from time to time. Pretty decent life hack.
- •However the good stuff, the very best stuff in my books, can be obtained through this here simple recipe from my great grandmother:Fun fact, my great great grandmother was alive during my lifetime but I never got to meet her because she lived in Reunion. I'm pretty sure she made tea masala like this too.
- •For a tiny-sized batch to last many weeks mix:
- •1 full tsp cinnamon powder
- •1 full teaspoon cardamom powderPreferably freshly roasted (dry fried on low heat) and ground.
- •1/3 teaspoon black pepper
- •1/3 teaspoon ginger powder
- •One pinch of this concoction for each cup of sweet tea is like magic.I know I call this a legacy recipe but really my grandmother doesn't use precise measurements. You can adjust to taste if you like.
- •If you try this, I hope it elevates your tea-drinking experience like it has for me over the last 2 decades of my life.
- •And I hope it saves you from wasting money on sub-par over-priced chai at grocery stores.
- •Oh I should add that my grandmother is the designated tea maker at family functions. So this stuff is even more legit than you thought 👌