You know what?
I think I like ‘chai’ teas! I’ve had ‘masala’ teas before, but now I know for sure I like them. And this, being one of the first masala teas I’ve made myself, in loose leaf form, is pretty good!
Just to note, it feels weird for me to say ‘chai’ because in hindi/urdu language, ‘chai’ is ‘tea’ – so saying, ‘chai tea’ is like saying, ‘tea tea’. So for the specific ‘chai’ type teas (sounds so weird to me!), I’ll just consider it a ‘masala’ tea because thats what it is! :)
I prepared this on the stove in a saucepan, 1 cup water boiling with the tea added and let it boil for about 2 minutes. Then I added 1/2 cup milk and let it simmer for several more minutes and then brought it up to a boil for another couple minutes. Then, I strained and poured into a cup, added just about a tsp of sugar and voila!
I can definitely taste the ginger, cinnamon and peppercorn mingling together! The peppercorn really stood out with it’s spiciness and adding just a bit of sugar gave it a great sweet and spicy taste.
I think I’m going to prepare some more tomorrow, and share with my husband and see what he thinks of it!
I’m trying to see what types of teas I like and enjoy, and as far as my cupboard would go, I would definitely keep oolong, green tea, herbals and some masala tea!
Sorry, to those flavoured black teas out there… if I wanted tea with milk and sugar, which is what I do with blacks anyways, I would go with the masala teas instead! (and straight up tea would be green, oolong and herbal!)
Not sure if I like white and pu-er yet…