Indian Masala Tea/Chai – vegan version
Who doesn’t love tea? right. We Indians have special love for our masalatea. Tea lovers overtake the coffee crowd in India. Get togetherness, visiting neighbors, evening breaks, late night studies they all involve tea. It is an important addition to the Indian cuisine. But ofcourse we are making the vegan version.
Personally I have tried it with a bunch of milks. The tea comes out delicious with Almond and Soy milk. This recipe serves one.
Non diary vegan milk – 1 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Tea powder – 1 tablespoon
Sugar – 1 1/2 tablespoon
Cardamom – 1-2 in number (break open the pod and retain both seeds and cover)
Ginger – 1/2 tablespoon (grated or cut into piece or sliced along with the skin)
Aniseed – 1 teaspoon
Sieve/filter , teacup and a pot.
Start by boiling the water in a pot. When water starts to bubble up add the tea powder, ginger, aniseed and cardamom. Let it boil for 3-5 mins this will infuse the tea and spice flavours to the water. If the water reduces add bit more to maintain the level. Add the sugar (you can also add it in the last depends on your preference, adding it sooner helps to dissolve quickly). Now is the time we are going to add he milk. Before adding the milk we need to make sure the water isn’t boiling at the peak temperature, if it is that will make the milk precipitate. So reduce the temperature and add bit of cold water to stop the boiling then add the milk on top.
Let the milk get heated and boil to come up this will take another 2-3mins. Once the milk rises remove from the stove top, the milk will go down. Give it a few seconds and place it again on the stove the milk will boil up, remove again. Repeat this process 2-3 times. This will increase the tea flavour in the milk.
Take your favourite tea cup, place a sieve on top and pour you hot tea through the the sieve. This will remove the spices and tea powder. Retain this filtered mixture in the pot itself , it can be used to make another round of tea in the evening 🙂. You have your hot steamy and refreshing tea. Enjoy the beauty you just created.
Remember the key lies in boiling the tea, the more you boil the stronger flavor you get. Please do try and let me know how it came out. Will be back soon with another vegan recipe.
If all any of these spices are hard for you to get your hands on, one variation is just use tea, sugar and ginger. This gives you ginger tea, another famous tea you find in India. This tea is very soothing especially when you have a cold or sore throat. The taste is almost similar to masala tea. Very easy and quick method to prepare.