One of my fondest memories of the time I spent in India in 2016 is of drinking masala chai tea from a small clay cup while sitting in a tuk tuk pulled up at the roadside in Varanasi (pictured below). So, when fellow blogger, Geetha Priyanka of Flavours Treat offered to share her mother’s Masala Chai Tea recipe for my Eat Like a Local guest post series, I couldn’t have been happier.
My Eat Like a Local guest post series sees fellow bloggers share recipes from their own home country or culture; it could be a recipe that originates from the country they are originally from, or perhaps another destination which they have now grown to call home.
Today, Geetha is based on Stoke-on-Trent, but her Masala Chai Tea recipe has its roots in India.
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Geetha Priyanka – India
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Geetha Priyanka, a part-time food blogger and a full-time mother to the most adorable, naughty and cute little girl. After being a restaurateur for eight years, I’m taking a break to take care of my daughter.
I am Indian, now living in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. I am vegetarian by choice and a food enthusiast who enjoys cooking for my family. My blog is called Flavours Treat.
When did you begin blogging, and why did you decide to start a blog?
I started blogging six months ago, with the goal of giving confidence and inspiration to beginners to cook delicious, easy, wholesome and healthy recipes with easy-to-follow instructions including process shots (detailed step-by-step pictures) and video. My blog also features kid-friendly recipes made by my five-year-old daughter, Samyu. I aim to show you how interesting cooking can be, with the hope that cooks of all skill levels will get inspired to have fun in the kitchen.
What’s the best experience you’ve had as a blogger?
For me best part of blogging is getting positive feedback from readers which gives me confidence to come up with more exciting and delicious recipes. Being new to blogging world I am enjoying connecting with amazing like minded bloggers.
What advice would you give to new bloggers who are just starting out?
Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure that I’m in the position to give any advice but I would like to share my experience with brand new bloggers.
Connect with other bloggers in your niche as soon as you can. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; many bloggers will be happy to guide you along the way, because they were in your situation once too.
Facebook blogging groups can be another great platform upon which to learn and grow.
Indian Masala Chai Tea recipe
Geetha is sharing a recipe for the popular Indian spiced tea, masala chai, handed down to her by her mother.
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Indian Masala Chai Tea
Masala chai spice mix is a mixture of aromatic Indian spices used to prepare authentic Indian tea, known as Masala Chai. This is a special and traditional tea from India containing different aromatic spices blend into a powder, combined with milk and black tea. There is no fixed recipe to make masala chai. Almost every household in India will have their own way to make it and here I am sharing my version which I have learned from from my mother.
Each spice brings a unique flavour to the chai, making it one of the most popular beverages worldwide. The spices used in the aromatic chai masala are also known for their health benefits.
Home made spices are always best as they impart a fresh aroma to the chai, so it's always better than using a store-bought chai mix. It is so easy to make the chai spice mix yourself; you'll probably have most of the spices in your cupboard already. Grind the whole spices in a coffee blender or small blender and store them in a sterilised air-tight jar. You can make your masala chai any time in a jiffy with this spice blend.
For the Masala Chai spice mix
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns
- 1 inch dry ginger
- 2 tbsp green cardamoms
- 2 inch cassia bark/cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
For Masala Chai Tea
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup milk
- sugar to taste
Crush the ingredients for the masala chai spice blend with a pestle and mortar, mix evenly and transfer to a sterilised air-tight container.
Bring the water to the boil over a medium-high heat and add the masala chai spice mix. Reduce the heat and boil on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
Add the tea bag, sugar (optional), milk and let it brew for a couple of minutes, or longer if you prefer strong chai.
Strain the liquid into cups and enjoy a hot and mildly spiced cup of traditional indian masala chai tea.
- Masala chai spice mix can be stored for nearly five months in an air-tight container at room temperature.
- Be careful while brewing as the milk can easily rise and spill over.
- Add or reduce masala chai spice mix as per your preferred spice levels.
- You can swap dried ginger with ginger powder if you can't find it in the shops, or add fresh ginger while brewing the chai.
Enjoyed this post? Why not make yourself some of Geetha’s masala chai tea, put your feet up and take a look at some of the other recipes in my Eat Like a Local guest post series, like this hearty Flemish beef stew or this Norwegian yellow split pea soup?