Chai Masala – how beautiful at dawn on cold mornings, in the evenings of cooler days, and at any time with friends and a biscuit.
Chai can be made with a huge range of spices, herbs and tea leaves, so selecting one to meet your need, the weather, the time of day or your health concerns is quite easy. Check out our range of recipes.
This one is gingery and peppery, right up my ally! It is perfect for cold mornings – both of these spices will warm you up. But it is also perfect for helping you through your coughs and colds of winter. Drink it with abandon.
Chai Masala for Relief of Colds
ingredients for 2 cups
1 tspn dry ginger powder
0.25 tspn turmeric powder
0.5 tspn black or white pepper powder
3 cardamom pods, cracked open (use your mortar and pestle, or a knife)
a grating of nutmeg
1 – 2 teabags
1.5 cups water
1.5 cups milk
jaggery or brown sugar, 0.5 – 1 Tblspn, depending on your sweet tooth
Bring the water to the boil and add the spices (but not the tea). Allow to simmer for 3 – 4 minutes. Add the tea bags and again let it simmer for 4 – 5 minutes.
Now add the sugar and stir to dissolve, then the milk and then simmer for another 3 – 4 minutes.
Remove the teabags, strain and serve steaming hot with some biscuits.
Relax and enjoy!
recipe notes and alternatives
Leave out the turmeric if you don’t enjoy its taste (but it is very good for colds).
For colds, double the turmeric, and add sufficient sweetener so that it is palatable.