By A. Faris
There is something soothing about a cup of tea. Coffee energizes, lemonade refreshes and tea, well, everyone knows tea is soothing. But there can be something truly decadent about a cup of spiced tea.
Masala chai originates from the Indian subcontinent and the recipe varies from region to region. Individual households may even have recipes of masala chai of their own, but they all marry tea and spice together.
So, how do you make a cup of masala chai? Take tea, usually a strong black tea like Assam tea, a melange of spices, and blend them together. Pour in freshly boiled water. Sugar and warm milk are added.
What you get is a heady brew, with the warmth of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorn. Smell the smooth cardamom, balanced by the sharp piquant note of ginger. The syrupy cinnamon wood. The complex scent of cloves ties the chai together. Sugar rounds off the spiciness while the creaminess of milk adds depth to the brew. Curl up with a good book and there you have it, a recipe for recovering from the horror of Christmas shopping.
What is your favourite way to unwind after braving the crowds? Unless, of course, you are one of those who have done your shopping way in advance, or online, clever people!
To spread good ol' Christmas cheer, with an Asian twist, I will be sending a lucky reader a box of my favourite blend of chai, and a copy of my book, Out of Joint, a time travel paranormal set in the Victorian era. Just leave a comment with your email to enter the draw!
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