I cannot think of a better brew to start my blog with than something that Indians love having. Chai. And off late I have heard so much about this wonderful spiced chai which is Chai Latte. To my simple Indian sensibility it’s a fancy way of saying Chai, Masala Maar ke. I was introduced to the fancy Barista version by a very dear friend Shruti who has a bank account just to pay for this expensive Chai.
And honestly what better time to have Masala Chai/ Chai Latte than in these wonderful monsoons with a plate of Pakoras to go with it. So, I would highly recommend making this and saving yourself not just money but also the various trips to a Barista or Starbucks for this Chai. Also, I think it makes a wonderful gift to anyone who loves Chai.
I am writing this while I sip on the yummy Chai I made. I just had to say that. Just had to. So ok lets whip this up. or mix it up. I am on a Chai High. That rhymes.
What you need:
(The measurements will make you enough spice mix to use for about a week or 10 days, depending on how much Chai you have)
- ¼ cup powdered sugar – about 50 gms
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (optional)
- 2 teaspoons ground dry ginger – Sundh
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon – Dalchini
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg – Jaiphal
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves – Laung
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom – Chhoti Ilaichi
First off all, It doesn’t matter if you don’t have powdered sugar. Don’t run to the store to buy it. Just grind regular sugar in your food processer and you have the whitest, nicest, powdered sugar.
Do the same with the spices as well. Most homes will have whole spices instead of the ground ones.
If you are going to be using Vanilla extract, then take the powdered sugar in a bowl and put the vanilla extract in and mix. Let the extract dry out under a fan for about 20 minutes. Then mix the sugar once again to evenly distribute the vanilla flavor.
the picture is how the spice mix looks before you add the sugar to it.
Then mix this spice mix with the sugar. Put everything in your food processor jar and blend it. This way, the all the spice and flavors are even further ground and mix to give you a more homogeneous mixture.
All you need to do when you have that urge to drink Chai Latte is take a teaspoon per cup (adjust according to your own taste) and put that it boiling water along with a tea bag and let it steep for 2-5 minutes. strain in a cup.
Add Full cream milk or Additional cream/ a spoon of condensed milk to low fat milk or 2 teaspoons of milk powder and your cup of natural spicy goodness is ready. (I insist on the cream, you will see it makes a difference to the smoothness of the Chai)
Note: please add more sugar or honey in case this isn’t sweet enough for you.