Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Homemade Chai Masala Recipe and Chinese Blossom Tea

What can be better than a hot cup of masala chai when it is raining outside and you can smell the fresh scent of the earth when you open your windows! I got this chai masala recipe from my dear friend Hetvi and I am the biggest fan of her tea:) I make this in huge batches so that I can share the love with my friends:)

Chai Masala Recipe:

  1. Green Cardamom - 1 cup
  2. Whole black pepper - 1 cup
  3. Ginger powder - 2 cups
  4. Cinnamon sticks - 1/4th cup
  5. Cloves - 1/4th cup

Grind all the above ingredients and mix them. Store in an airtight jar.

While we are on the topic of tea, I tasted some Chinese blossom tea at House of Nanking in SF this weekend. It was very weird at first. It is a green colored liquid with a flower bud dropped inside. The bud slowly opens up as it absorbs the heat and blossoms into a full blown flower. Its beautiful:)

I also had an amazing cup of cappuccino at Steps of Rome, one of my favorite dessert places in the city. This cup was paired with some espresso creme brulee.


Usha said...

I always looking out for new chai masala recipes, your variation sounds yum ! I have never heard of chinese blossom tea, sounds intriguing...

Smita said...

Thanks Usha!

Lemon Chiffon Cake said...

do you use whole cardamon pods or seeds?

After you grind this up, how do you steep the tea?

Smita said...

I use whole cardamom pods. I boil water, add the tea leaves and masala and boil for some more time to steep.