Walk into a room and ask who all are in for a cup of chai and you will get 97 percent yes from the audience. So for someone who loves chai more than any other drink knows the importance of having a perfect cup of chai to start the day with. And if you love having masala tea then getting a perfect masala for the tea which also suits your taste is rare. Therefore here are some DIY chai masala recipes which you can prepare at home and store in a jar for further use. The best thing is that you can adjust the ingredients and proportion according to your taste and therefore these recipes are a must try……
Mint Masala– If you like the soothing taste of mint then this chai masala is for you. Take cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon sticks, fennel seeds, nutmeg, and handful of dried mint, dried tulsi and dried rose petals. You can skip using rose petals if you do not want a sweet or fruity punch to taste. Powder all the ingredients leaving the dried leaves as is. Take this powder in a bowl and make a coarse powder of the dried leaves and mix with the previous mix. You can also hand crush the leaves if you do not want to make a fine powder. Store in an air tight container and enjoy.
Vanilla Chai masala- This one is a special masala for vanilla flavor lovers. This will taste great even when used to make a cold chai latte. Use cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, dried ginger, cardamom, star anise, peppercorns, and dried vanilla pods. Grind them to a fine powder and enjoy. You can add dried orange peel to this powder but skip if you want to prepare a hot milk tea as citrus and milk don’t go well together. But it would be great addition for black tea.
Authentic Chai masala– Authentic Chai masala consists of some basic ingredients and all the other additional masalas and flavors are added according to one’s taste. For a basic chai masala use cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, cardamom pods, fresh peppercorns, fennel seeds, and dried ginger stick. You can skip dried ginger if you prefer adding freshly grated ginger to your tea. Powder them finely using a grinder. You can also dry roast the ingredients before grinding them for a nice roasted flavor.