This one is a lot softer than Vastu’s Black Masala, because of the fewer spices – the Green Tea is a bit too delicate for the full force. Also, because it’s green, I found that there’s far less tannic acid in the tea, so the spices that are there come out with less competition.
Green Tea Masala
Green Tea Masala is a blend of loose leaf green tea and a five spice combination (cloves, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon) that was created in my home by experimentation and experience – I hope my great-grandmother approves of the evolution of the family recipe. Since green tea is much more delicate, it called for a subtle spice blend. I particularly appreciate Green Tea Masala in the afternoon, brewed in a teapot with water just under boiling.
The green tea used in Vastu Chai comes from the popular hill station, Darjeeling where various small tea farmer initiatives have been integrated as co-operative organizations resulting in economically sustainable way of life. Darjeeling teas are known as the “champagne of teas” – the finest and most uniquely flavoured.