In India, teas are defined by the regions in which they are grown. Therefore we have :
- Darjeeling Tea
- Assam Tea
- Nilgiri Tea
- Orissa Tea
“Chai“ is the hindi word for Tea. Indian tea is full bodied and strong. Known throughout the world and adored by millions. Today Indian teas come in a wide range of flavors and strengths.
To be invited for a cup of tea, to an Indian house, means that not only will you get a cup of tea, but you will be served aÂ plethora of yummy snacks. Indians are well known for their hospitality. So if you get invited for a cup of tea to an Indian house don’t refuse the invitation, go and have a wonderful time.
Make that plain cup of tea into “Masala” tea!
Spices used in making Masala Indian Tea
Some of the common spices that are added to a cup of Indian tea are :
- Black peppercorn
- Saunf (fennel seeds)
You do not have to add all the spices to make masala chai. Sometimes ” Ginger tea” or “Cardamom tea” is a great alternative. Today you will find a ready made “Masala Tea” mixture in many specialty Indian grocery stores. It is found in a powdered form. You use only a pinch at a time.
Make the same recipe without the masala tea spice mixture for a wonderful cup of plain Indian tea. This traditional recipe is used by many. There are many that like to use half-and-half instead of whole milk. They say that no other milk can be substituted, if you really want the taste of “real chai”. But, if you are a tea lover and want tea twice a day,Â then you can always use 2% or even skim milk.