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Masala Chai

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Serves 2

For me this is the ultimate cuppa. It is what women across India make whenever they have friends coming over for a break or a chat. It offers solace and comfort and is invigorating and relaxing all at the same time.

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  • 350ml/12fl oz water
  • 100ml/3½fl oz milk
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 10 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • good pinch green fennel seeds
  • small piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and roughly sliced
  • 1 tea bag
  • sugar, to taste
  • salt, to taste (optional)


    1. Heat the water and milk in a pan with the spices and ginger until it comes to the boil. Turn the heat down and cook over a low to medium heat for 15 minutes. Be careful as the milk can easily rise and boil over
    2. Once the volume is reduced to a large cupful, add the teabag and let it brew for one minute, or longer if you like strong tea.
    3. To serve, strain into a cup and add sugar or salt if using, to taste.

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25th Sep, 2012
Sorry - must have been a GF site glitch as they have finally appeared. It seems that it is more important that the ads are there than the full recipe! Off to make this now and turn it into a rice pudding, yum.
25th Sep, 2012
Yeah sounds great but what has happened to the actual ingredients list?
27th Nov, 2011
This sounds lovely.
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