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    Masala Chai

    Masala Chai. Photo by alvinakatz

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    15 mins

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    10 mins

    sofie-a-toast's Note:

    Authentic spicy Indian tea. Delicious on weekend mornings. You can use powdered spices, but the fresh ones taste so much better. And don't use fancy tea. Cheap tea tastes better.

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    1. 1
      Put water in pot.
    2. 2
      Grate ginger.
    3. 3
      Pound cardamom in a mortar.
    4. 4
      Add all the ingredients to the water except milk and sugar. Bring to a full boil.
    5. 5
      Add the milk and bring to a near boil.
    6. 6
      Add sugar.
    7. 7
      Strain and drink.
    8. 8
      All the amounts are approximate. Adjust to taste.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 04, 2012


      At first I thought the spices were very hard to detect in this chai but I left in the spices to steep longer after removing the tea bags (I used Traditional Medicinals red raspberry leaf tea bags to be healthier) and it made a nice chai which I also made dairy free but adding extra home-made almond milk & date syrup to sweeten (hate sugar). I increased the amount of spices using about 1/8 tsp fennel seeds, a small stick of cinnamon, 4 whole cardamom pods, grinding the seeds plus 2 more bruised ones (I love cardamom), plus the rest of the ingredients. Made for Veggie Swap #46 ~ May 2012 ~

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    • on May 04, 2012


      Wonderful tea, nicely balanced. I used ceylon tea leaves vs. tea bags which I highly recommend. I didn't have any fresh ginger so I used some crystallized ginger & cut way back on the sugar. Made for our VIP in the Veggie Swap 5/12.

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    • on August 20, 2012


      Nice mild but complex spicing on this. I used bulk tea, which I think works better than tea bags. I also allowed the tea to come to a boil slowly, and that might have made the spices stand out more.

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    Nutritional Facts for Masala Chai

    Serving Size: 1 (87 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 65.0
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 6.5 mg
    Sodium 38.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 9.7 g
    Protein 2.8 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    black tea bags



    cardamom seeds

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