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Cooking with Passion
Did you have your cup of tea today? Millions of people around the world drink tea of different varieties at least once a day. Nowadays we have so many teas in the market to choose from but the most common one remains, the Black tea.
The black tea is famous for the reddish hue it gives to tea and the roasted flavors it releases as it steeps. It needs to be steeped well for the true taste to come through. It is a great tea with a deep flavor and can carry spices and sweet tones well. I was thinking of what I could make at home with everything I had at hand. I settled on a Vanilla Chai Latte, it will be a vanilla and masala flavored tea with milk. Masala refers to the spices we will be using.
To make a simple masala tea you start of with spices that are boiled to release the aromas, typically these tend to be cardamom, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Every household tends to do this tea differently, so play around till you get what you love. I have also seen nutmeg and pepper used as well. Of course, you can always just buy the masala chai flavored tea bags but that’s not as fun!
Preparation Time – 5 Minutes
Serves – 2
Water – 1 Cup
Milk – 1 Cup
Cardamom – 2 split open
Cinnamon – An inch or so
Cloves – 2
Ginger – 1/8 Teaspoon grated
Black Tea – 2 Bags (I use Tetley’s Orange Pekoe)
Vanilla Flavored Syrup (Torani) – 4 Tablespoons
In a mortar and pestle, add your spices and give it a good smash so they break open. Alternatively, you can just smash them with the back of your knife.
In a saucepan bring 1 cup of water to boil and add these spices in. Let it simmer for 1 minute or so.
Add the tea bags and bring to a boil and let it steep for about a minute.
Add the milk and bring to a boil.
Lastly add the vanilla syrup and stir. Take off from the heat and pour into a teacup through a sieve to catch all the little spice pieces. Serve hot!!
Personally, I like my masala in the chai to be not overwhelming but if you like a stronger masala chai flavor then add another cardamom and clove to the mix. Also if you prefer a creamier latte reduce the water to 1/2 a cup and up the milk by a 1/2 cup. The 4 tablespoons of syrup makes this pretty sweet, I would suggest to try it with 3 tablespoons and then see if you really need the last tablespoon. We had it almost as dessert so it was relatively on the sweet side.
The vanilla flavor really compliments the spices well and the creaminess of the chai just feels decadent. For those of you who like warm drinks and don’t want to spend a fortune, try this out. You could also take this and blend it with some ice to make an Iced Vanilla Chai Latte. It is a latte easier than it looks (There you go, some cheese for you to have with your drink!). Enjoy!