If you want to make masala chai exactly how a Chaiwala does on the streets of New Delhi then there’s quite a big difference to my simple Simple Masala Chai (Indian Milk Tea) Recipe. I prefer the simple recipe because it uses 100% milk, this method uses a 50% water/milk split as milk is expensive. Try both for yourself and decide!
Ingredients (Serves: 1)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon locally ground Chai Masala (or Everest’s Tea Masala).
- 3/4 cup full cream or single toned milk.
- 1 teaspoon of Tata Gold Tea or Taj Mahal Tea (these black teas are the most commonly used in India and available from Indian grocery stores).
- 2 heaped teaspoons of white sugar.
- Add the water and chai masala to a pot and bring to a light boil.
- For Ginger Masala Chai: add three 1-inch long slices of fresh ginger and boil for 3 minutes. The water will turn yellow.
- Add the tea and boil for 2 minutes, the water will turn dark red.
- Add milk and lower the heat and let simmer for 2 minutes. It should be looking dark brown now.
- Add sugar and stir.
- Bring to the boil so the liquid starts climbing up the pan, then turn down heat and let simmer. Do this 3 times. Even more colour should be coming out of the tea.
- Strain into a teacup and enjoy!
Now you can start your roadside chai stall too!