How to Brew Royal Masala Chai Tea on Your Own? A Beginner's Guide

Jan 23, 2024
A cup of Royal Masala chai tea with an art on top
India, as a country, has gifted many things to the world. But this spicy-looking milk tea goes beyond all other Indian-origin gifts due to its sensational flavour. So with that note, we will explore this aromatic world of Royal Chai Masala Tea.
Indulge in a gourmet journey with every sip of this royal infusion. Crafted from premium tea leaves and a captivating blend of exotic spices, we invite you to join us on a flavorful exploration. Let's uncover the roots, the crafting process, and the delicious taste of Royal Chai Masala Tea.

What is Masala Chai Tea?

Masala chai isn't just a beverage; it's a cultural experience. It's sipped on bustling streets, savoured in homes, and shared during conversations. This spiced tea is a symphony of flavours. It's brewed with black tea leaves, often with robust Assam or Ceylon tea, and a medley of spices. The commonly used ingredients of this tea include black tea, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. These spices fuse together, creating a harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, and bold.
Well, that's only a part of the ingredients. A masala chai tea only gets its authentic charm with a dash of milk and sugar. Sweeteners like sugar, honey, or condensed milk add a comforting sweetness. Each sip warms not just your body but your soul too.

Understanding Masala Chai Vs Chai Tea

First things first! In this educative journey, we focus on educating you with the correct knowledge about tea. So if you are someone who uses the term "chai tea", this little briefing is for you.
The term "Masala Chai" literally translates to "spiced tea" in Hindi. As the name denotes, this is a traditional Indian tea made by brewing black tea leaves with a blend of aromatic spices. "Chai Tea" is a term often used in Western countries to refer to spiced tea, which is not the correct use. The word " chai " means "tea" in Hindi. So, when we say "Chai Tea," we're essentially saying "Tea Tea." So now you know why we must stick with the most acceptable term, "Masala Chai."

Brewing the Perfect Masala Chai: A Flavorful Recipe

Masala Chai is a delightful, spiced tea that brews relatively simple. Here's a step-by-step recipe to create a warm, aromatic cup of this beloved beverage:
Ingredients:
• 1 cup of water
• 1 cup of milk (whole milk or non-dairy alternatives like almond or soy work well)
• 2-3 teaspoons of loose-leaf black tea (Assam or Ceylon Black teas are excellent choices)
• 3-4 teaspoons of sugar or sweetener
• Spices: 2-3 green cardamom pods, one small cinnamon stick, 2-3 cloves, one small piece of fresh ginger (crushed or sliced), a pinch of black pepper (optional)
• A small slice of orange or lemon peel (optional)
Instructions:
• Crush your Spices: Use a mortar and pestle, and lightly crush the cardamom pods, cloves, and cinnamon stick. You can even make it as a fine powder if you love the stronger version of Masala Chai. This helps release their flavours.
• Boil Water and Add Spices: Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the crushed spices, ginger, and orange or lemon peel (if using). Let them simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the water to absorb the spice flavours.
• Add Tea Leaves: Reduce the heat to low and add the loose-leaf black tea. Simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes. Be cautious not to over-brew the tea, as it can become bitter.
• Pour in Milk: Add the milk to the saucepan. You can adjust the milk-to-water ratio to your preference for creaminess. Allow the fusion to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
• Sweeten: Stir in the sugar or sweetener to your desired level of sweetness. Keep in mind that traditional Masala Chai is often on the sweeter side, but you can adjust it according to your taste.
• Strain and Serve: Once the tea is brewed to your liking, strain it into your favourite cup or teapot. Use a fine mesh strainer or filter paper to catch the tea leaves and spices.
• Enjoy: Sip your homemade Masala Chai while it's hot and comforting. It's the perfect beverage for cosy mornings or relaxing evenings.
You can customize your Masala Chai by adjusting the spices, tea-to-milk ratio, or sweetness level. Be adventurous and try different flavours, ingredients and spices of your choice.

Exploring the Best Masala Chai tea in the UK

If you are from the United Kingdom and looking for fine-quality masala chai tea blends, here's a little tip. At the Finest Organic Tea Company, we own two of the most delicious Masala chai recipes, one with caffeine and another completely caffeine-free. The best part is both these blends are organic and represent the purest essences of nature!
  • Organic Chakra Chai Herbal Tea: This delightful caffeine-free infusion is really unique and flavorful. A harmonious marriage of premium ingredients transports your senses to the heart of India's vibrant chai culture. This exquisite blend is meticulously crafted with exotic herbs like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, clove, pink pepper, cardamon, rose petals, etc. Combined, these ingredients create a well-balanced and complex flavour profile. The ginger and spices offer a warming, comforting sensation, while the sweetness of cinnamon and rose petals adds a touch of indulgence. The black pepper and cloves provide depth and complexity, making every sip a journey through layers of taste. Try Now!
  • Organic Black Chai Tea: This one, of course, includes Black tea from the renowned tea valley, Assam. Apart from the tea component, the fusion comprises spices like cinnamon, fennel, ginger, anise, clove and cardamom. This combination results in a well-balanced and refreshing flavour experience. The robustness of Assam tea forms a solid foundation for the spices to shine. On the other hand, the spices offer a harmonious blend of warmth and depth. Meanwhile, fennel and anise provide subtle sweetness and a touch of exotic flair. The result is a comforting and refreshing tea, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a bold and flavorful brew. Enjoy this with a dash of milk and sugar for exceptional enjoyment. Try Now!

Conclusion

In the world of tea, few blends offer the enchanting experience that Masala chai tea provides. Our journey has covered many fun and exciting areas in the world of Masala chai tea, which we also call this "Royal Masala chai tea" From its history that dates back to colonial age India, Masala chai has made its way to fine dining restaurants and homes of tea lovers around the world. We have guided you on the ingredients and a fantastic recipe to brew this tea on your own.

Whether you prefer it traditional, spicy, or with a unique twist, there's a Masala Chai out there waiting to captivate your taste buds. Experiment, savour, and make it your own. Cheers!

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