Monday, January 17, 2011

A Cup of Goodness

My last post was about the cold, wet weather and here is a cup of goodness to warm you up from head to toe.  This is a very tasty recipe and the good thing is you can sweeten it to your liking. I love Chai but find it is often too sweet when I purchase it a coffee shops. Enjoy!  

Masala Chai

Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup of water
1/1/2 cups of whole milk
1 star anise
1 1/2 heaping spoonfuls of loose leaf black tea, such as Darjeeling (or 2 tea bags)
1 small 1/2 inch of ginger, peeled
5 green cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
1/2 cinnamon stick
3 tsps of sugar or to taste

Lightly crush the cardamom pods so the seeds are exposed. Place the star anise, cardomom pods, ginger, cloves and cinnamon in a small pot and cover with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a gentle boil. Boil for around 10 minutes, then add the milk and tea.

Keep on a low heat so that the milk is scalding (make sure it doesn’t boil). Steep the tea for about 10 minutes. Add a couple spoonfuls of sugar. Pour through a strainer into cups and enjoy!

8 comments:

KandN said...

Beautiful!

Martha Stewart said...

Uh, didn't you notice the dead spider floating in it?

whack patti said...

What's that insect doing in my tea? The dead-man's float perhaps? Yikes, no tea for me!

Stephanie said...

Loved the photo! You are so creative! Gonna try the recipe on my daughter this weekend - as I keep a jar of those bugs on hand.

Sage Trifle said...

What a delicious sounding and beautiful looking cup of tea. I can't wait to try it.

Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul said...

Beautiful photograph!
I love chai. Sometimes I make it with Rooibos tea, the traditional spices, and coconut milk.

Brenda said...

Nice work. Great idea. I've been steeping my chai in milk, and its great. I have yet to make it with my own ingredients like you have. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Mulligan Family said...

I love chai. Been making it for years... yours differs from mine in that you add the ginger. Great idea! I'm totally going to try that the next time I make it! Thanks!

Cheers, Cindy