Search This Blog

Masala Chai - Essence


Whole coriander
4 tsp
Star anise
Cinnamon stick – broken
2 sticks
Whole black pepper corns
1 tsp
1 tsp
Cardamom pods
1 tsp
1 tsp
Dried orange peel
1 tsp
Ground ginger
1 tsp
Ground nutmeg
½ tsp
3 quarts
Indian black tea leaves
2 tbsp
Vanilla extract
1 tbsp
Honey, milk or cream
to taste 

This East Indian blend is spicy and soothing

In a small bowl combine coriander anise, cinnamon, peppercorns, all spice, cardamom, cloves, and orange peel. In a spice mill or coffee grinder, coarsely grind the spices. Mix in the ginger and nutmeg. Pour the water into a one gallon pot and add the spice mixture. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tea and vanilla and steep 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the liquid into a large pitcher. You may want to add honey, milk, or cream, or wait and offer these to your guests on the side. Tea can be served hot or chilled.

Makes 3 quarts.