- Chai masala latte

It was one of those days…. Cold, grey…. The kind of day that makes you want to stay at home and do nothing… So that’s what I did, kind of nothing, a bit of cooking, reading, eating, learning Spanish and looking after myself.
Looking after myself also means to drink a chai latte.

The best I’ve ever had is at Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California, since then, the mix is very often pre-made, sometimes makes your milk taste sour, some are tasteless, bland and boring.

I have Indian friends and all of them told me that there are so many ways of making a chai latte, you can mix water and milk, you can crush your spices yourself or buy them in powder. 
Regarding the tea it’s the same, some people use tea bags while others use loose leaves or powder. 

Chai means tea in numerous languages (derived for the Chinese) and Masala is mix in Hindi.
I crushed my peppercorns, used cardamom powder as I had a lot and it needed to be used and fresh ginger and did half/half with the milk and water. For my vegan or intolerant friends, soy milk or almond is perfect.

Please, my friends, don’t be offended if I don’t do it exactely the same way as your mum (I’m saying that as I can be offended when someone is not making Niçoise salad the right way), I checked with a few people, read…. By mixing different recipes, advices, I made this one and waiting for your advices, comments…. As I know that I have followers in India 🙂

 

Chai masala latte,

for 2 cups

Ingredients : 

  • 1 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 18 black peppercorn
  • 1 Tsp of cinnamon powder or 1 sick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger
  • 8 cardamom pods or 1/2 tsp of powder
  • 2 tsp of black tea powder or 2 tea bags

Method :

Bring the cup of water to the boil with all the spices crushed with a mortar and pilar or with a coffee grinder and the tea. Let it simmer for 2 min, add the milk,  let it simmer for 2min and turn off the heat. Cover with a lid and let it set for 15min. Filter the liquid et c’est tout !
If you wish to, you can obain some foam by using a blender or a purée/soup maker just beofre serving and enjoying it.

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