This exotic drink is easy to find in almost all cafes, despite several thousand years of history. Masala or “spiced tea” is full of stories about royalty, slaves and plantations, cunning merchants and herbal medicine. The people of India rightly consider it a landmark in their country. Today we can do it at home with the help of the cooking recipes presented in the article.
What is Indian Masala Milk Tea
Masala sweet tea is an Indian drink made from tea with milk, flavored with a bouquet of spices. In the beginning, the sweet spicy drink was prepared in different ways without the addition of tea. Black tea leaves were included in the recipe only after a tea plantation in Assam (India) was founded by the British in 1835. On the plantations, slaves drank tea with spices to increase efficiency and endurance.
The composition of a useful mixture of masala
Masala is a sweet “cocktail” with a base of tea and milk in different proportions of spices. The tea is usually strong black leaf tea. There are alternatives with whole milk, skim milk, almond milk or soy milk. There are recipes without milk, as well as with the addition of ice cream. From spices add ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc. To add sweetness, use sugar, honey or condensed milk.
Benefits and harms of the body from consumption, properties of tea
This tea is not difficult to brew, but it is worth remembering. that it can provide both benefit and harm to the body, the most important thing is to understand its properties. The spicy milk drink strengthens the immune system, cleanses the blood, increases the elasticity of blood vessels, normalizes blood pressure and digestion, reduces hunger and strengthens. Tea has a positive effect on the condition of the skin, saturation in the brain with oxygen due to improved blood circulation, helps to cope with nervous exhaustion and depressive conditions.
It is a mistake to think that exotic tea has no contraindications. Its various ingredients should be taken with caution by children under 10 years and allergy sufferers. It is not recommended to drink tea for asthma, diabetes mellitus, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, stomach ulcers and mouth, intolerance to components and breastfeeding.
Masala and recipe
The special thing about masala is its many cooking recipes. The most important thing is to brew correctly, combine ingredients and follow a certain sequence of actions. It is better to drink masala separately from food with a minimal amount of food to taste.
It is recommended to add more spices and tea leaves to the morning drink, prepare lunch tea more with water than with milk. In the evening, exclude the tea itself, add turmeric and halve the volume of other spices. Spring water or artesian water is used.
The classic recipe for masala tea
How to make the classic healthy masalate? Follow the instructions. Ingredients for 3-4 servings: 500 ml water and milk, 2 tbsp. l. cane sugar, 2 tbsp. l. black tea, 1-2 pcs. long pepper (pippali), 2 pcs. black cardamom, 5 g cinnamon, 5 g ground ginger, 1 tsp. green cardamom, 1 pc. (5 g) nutmeg, 5 pcs. star anise, 1 tsp. cloves, 1 teaspoon black peppercorns.
Pour green cardamom and black pepper crushed into a mortar in a saucepan. Add cloves, pippali pepper, lightly pressed with star anise fingers. Then black tea with remaining spices. Then pour in milk and water, add sugar and boil the mixture while stirring. The tea is immediately removed from the heat, covered with a lid, infused for 5 minutes, poured through a sieve into cups.
How to brew masala with ground spices
For 3-4 servings of tea: ½ tsp. grains of green cardamom; 10 pieces. black peppercorns; 1 teaspoon anise seeds; ½ tsk. ground ginger; ¼ h. L. ground cloves. All spices are ground in a coffee grinder.
For 2 servings of the finished drink, 300 ml of water is required; 150 ml milk 2 teaspoons black tea; ½ part of ground spices; sugar to taste. Boil water with milk and spices. Then add tea leaves. The resulting drink is boiled for another 2-3 minutes, filtered and served to the table.
How to make masala with orange
This is a milk-free version of spicy tea, which is similar to mulled wine. For 3-4 servings: 1 liter. water, 2 tbsp. spoons of black tea, 2 oranges, 5-6 pcs. cardamom, 3 g nutmeg, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, 2 cm ginger, 2 pcs. cloves, sugar to taste.
Water lights up. Just before cooking, add the cardamom cracked in a mortar, pepper, finely grated nutmeg and ginger, a cinnamon stick broken in half. Pour boiling water over the oranges in a separate bowl for 1 minute, cut them into circles over the slices and add to boiled water with spices. The mixture is removed from heat and insisted, covered with a lid, for 2-4 minutes. Then add cloves.
How to make masala from a ready mix
For 2 servings: 300 ml water, 200 ml milk, 1-2 tsp. sugar, 3-4 tsp. black tea, 1 tsp. ready-mixed “Masala tea”, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
Water and milk are boiled. Gradually add sugar, ready-mix and cinnamon to them. Pour in black tea after boiling, mix well and cook on minimum heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring a little. Tea is ready.
How to make masala with honey
For two servings of a drink: 400 ml water, 200 ml milk, 15 g black tea, 10 g honey, 5 g fresh ginger and cloves, 1-2 pcs. star anise, 3 pcs. cardamom, 4-5 black peppercorns, 5 g nutmeg.
The container is lit, all spices are poured except nutmeg. After 1-2 minutes, milk and water are poured in, the mixture is removed from the heat and tea leaves, nutmeg and honey are added. Stir everything, turn on the fire, bring to a boil and stir for 1-2 minutes. The mixture is then removed from the heat, covered with a lid, infused for 5 minutes and served.
For one serving: 200 ml of water and milk, 2-3 tsp. black tea, 1-2 tsp. sugar, ½ tsp. grated ginger root; a pinch of cardamom, black pepper and cloves; cinnamon, star anise and fennel to taste.
Boil the milk and water. Ginger and ground spices are added to them, boiled for 3-5 minutes, after which sugar and tea are added to it. After another 3-4 minutes, the tea is turned off, covered with a lid and infused for up to 10 minutes. This drink will help you lose weight, like green tea.
The exotic tea of the Indian subcontinent is not for everyone. But for someone who likes it, the drink can be a real find and inspiration. It is easy to cook it yourself, choose your own flavor combinations and treat the guests.
You can also read about the traditions of English, Moroccan and Chinese tea drinking or the secrets of the Japanese ceremony. It will be interesting to learn about the characteristics of ceramics for tea and the differences between green and black drinks.