This Indian hot milk tea is spiced with whole cracked cardamons and a pinch of powdered cloves. It is a nice balance of tea, milk, sugar and spices. I like it best served during tea time with some appropriate Indian savoury snacks like vadais or pakoras. These vadais are delicious.  If you were to purchase these locally from a food vendor, a few green chillies will be thrown into the bag as well. The way to eat them is to take a bite of vadai and then a bite of chilli. If things get too spicy, that’s when you start sipping the Masala Tea!

I have a recipe for these vadais. I make them not with a traditional water based batter but one that is prawn/seafood stock based.  It makes them so much more savoury and tasty. Click here for recipe, Vadai, Gluten Free Savoury Snack.

Masala Tea, Chai Tea, Indian Spiced Milk Tea

Prep: 2 minutes 
Cook: 5 minutes
Inactive: ~ 5 – 10 minutes
Level: Easy
Makes: ~1 cup
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes
Make ahead? Taste best freshly brewed

Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups water
1 Tablespoon black tea leaves*
1
/4 cup milk
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons condensed milk**
5 cardamon pods
Pinch of ground cloves
* I like the brand, Taj Mahal which an Indian grocery store will very likely stock.
** Scrolls down to ‘Tips’ to find out what you can do with the rest of the condensed milk. 

Method

1. Boil water. Crack cardamon pods. I use the bottom of one of my heavy base pots. It does a great job.
2. When water boils, add tea leaves, milk and condensed milk. Watch carefully for it to come back to a boil. If you don’t, chances are it will boil over and there will be one big milky mess to clean up.
3. So once it comes back to a boil, quickly add cracked cardamon pods and ground cloves. Turn off heat immediately and remove from stove. If you boil it any longer, the cardamon will lose its core flavour and the beverage will boil over. Let it steep 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and serve.

Tips

This is what you can do to use up the rest of the condensed milk.

A wonderfully creamy yet light Mexican Inspired Lime and Lemongrass Infused Caramel Flan. It is a good party dessert as it feeds many and although it is very good, you should not eat too big of a slice. It is very sweet.

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?

As I have been requested to separate my ‘bonus’ recipes from my main recipe posts to make them easier to access, the upcoming recipe would be for one that was featured together with my main recipe post for Dates and Orange Cakes.  It’s for the refreshingly icy cold yogurt drink, Sweet Lassi. Once you know the basic recipe, you can make a multitude of different flavoured yogurt drinks: peach, vanilla, mango, raspberries, strawberries….

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