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How to make Masala Chai (Indian Chai Tea)

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I was making this for one of the weekly challenges. Unfortunately, life got in the way so I am just finishing this now.

Commonly called Chai tea by westerners, a name which is kind of like saying ATM Machine, Masala Chai or Chai is a distinctive style of milk-based tea consumed through-out the Indian sub-continent and into southeast Asia. Chai has a warm spice note in combination with the heat and soothing properties from the warmed milk that make it very relaxing to consume. In India, chai is consumed at any time and weather. It is not only consumed with meals but is also commonly served to customer in shops (such as jewelry stores) or purchased from roadside vendors called chai wallahs. This drink is incredibly simple to make and is the perfect drink for a cold winter day. The recipe I am following was taught to me by my wife (who is from India), who learned it from her mother (who still lives in India). It is a more simple, everyday, home version of the chai encountered in Indian restaurants.

For those who are looking for a fun and easy alternative to the traditional holiday drinks. Try adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the ginger and cardamom for a festive, rich and warming holiday drink.
 
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scoochmaroo2 years ago
So nice! I want some now.

If you wanna try Masala Chai you will need a number of organic ingredients and make it at your home. Or come India (Specially Himalayas) to taste the real masala tea.

kofykat2 years ago
One of my favourite chais... but i have to ask. why do on indians call it chai tea?
PedroDaGr8 (author)  kofykat2 years ago
Are you asking, why do no indians call it chai tea? Typically because the word chai in Hindi means tea.
I am indian. I know that it means tea. I'm asking why others call it chai tea since it literally translates into tea tea. (not being rude, it's a genuine doubt)
PedroDaGr8 (author)  kofykat2 years ago
My apologies. I think partly because tea to most westerners is water based. So by calling it chai tea, it denotes that it is the Indian type of tea, though the tea part is redundant. Additionally, the english language, at least in its colloquial form, has no problem with redundancy. Look at how many times you see people refer to ATM machines or use phrases like "Can you repeat that again?"
I believe it is because Chai tea refers to spices infused tea, generally a milk based recipe as well.
Is this Marsala tea?
fhemker2 years ago
I like this recipe but I was wondering, wow much cardamom and ginger do you use per person?
PedroDaGr8 (author)  fhemker2 years ago
Sorry I should have included that in there.

Green cardamom: I use 3-5 (you can use more or less depending on taste and the size of the pods).
Ginger: I use a chunk around a 1-cm thick 1-inch in diamter.

And yes I just used metric and imperial measurements in the same sentience. :P