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Chaya’s Kitchen: Masala Chai Latte

Chaya’s Kitchen: Masala Chai Latte


Masala Chai Latte is the perfect drink for this cold fall weather.

Being from an Surnam/ Indian background it’s only logical that Masala Chai tea is something I drink every now and then. I mastered the skill of brewing a mean cup of Chai from my “Punjabi” aunt and uncle. They originally come from Jalandhar, a city in the Punjab region. During my visits you could always find me in the kitchen watching and learning. So one day they decided to teach me how to make Chai. My dear aunt has unfortunately passed away but I will never forget their hospitality and warmth.

Chai is originally from the Indian Subcontinent. It’s a tea consisting of different herbs like Cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and black tea leaves. Tea was viewed as a medicine in India in the ancient days. It was used during the practice of Ayurveda, the natural healing at the basis of Hinduism.

Chai gained popularity around the world (thank you Starbucks) and is now served in different varieties. My favorite is Chai Latte. That’s why I decided to share the recipe for this soul-warming drink. It’s the perfect drink for fall!

It’s easy to make and the ingredients are not difficult to find. You can substitute the milk with plant based milk and sweeten it up as much as you like.

MASALA CHAI LATTE

(serves 2 )

Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 pieces of cardamom
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 teabags of (masala) chai
  • 200 ml or 1,5 cups of water
  • 250 ml or 1 cup of (plant based) milk
  • 2 tbs of sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Crush the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and ginger roughly in a mortar. When done, transfer the herbs to a small pot.
  2. Add water and tea bags and bring it to a boil.
  3. As it’s boiling add sugar and stir.
  4. Take the mixture and pour it in the cups. Make sure to strain the herbs.
  5. Warm the milk. You can also whisk the milk and make a proper Latte!
  6. Garnish with a little bit of cinnamon powder.

Cheers!

 

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