Tea Masala A Nice Useful Drink
What is tea masala? This is a tea made from spices, milk and sugar. Tea masala originates in India, where it is widely spread. There are many recipes for tea masala. Many housewives prepare this mixture themselves. It is possible to create a different blend that will be useful to every single member in the family. Except for useful purposes, tea masala is a tasty drink to consume in the morning, especially when you go to work. It can revitalize and energize you just as well as coffee. You can drink it throughout the day too.
Tea Masala: Main Components
Tea masala contains tea. Usually, it’s made from black tea because it is a lot rougher with a stronger flavor. Green tea does not taste as well when combined with the different spices. However, you can choose any variety of tea according to your taste.
Spices are the major tea masala ingredients, as they create a bouquet of aromas and flavors. Therefore, the tea should neither be with a distinctive smell or taste. Tea masala is prepared on the basis of natural tea without flavors.
In India, they traditionally use buffalo milk for tea masala. It has a higher density and fat content than cow’s milk. Its main feature is its’ taste. It has a pleasant Muscat smell and color. There are twice as much microelements (cobalt, copper, zinc, iron) in buffalo milk than in cow’s milk. The milk of cows is often used as well. Its vitamin composition and density are similar to buffalo milk, but there is a different smell and taste. The milk of other animals is not used for tea masala. However, anyone can try to experiment the taste of tea masala with the milk of other animals. After all, tastes do differ. The composition of tea masala is not dogma.
Typically, 2-3 % fat milk is used. Some people prefer to use whole milk.
To create a sweet taste, the Indians use brown sugar cane. It has the taste and smell of molasses, which makes the sugar brown. Many people consider it an environmentally friendly and healthy product. But nutritionists believe that this sugar may contain harmful impurities. Raw brown sugar (Demerara sugar) and Muscovado sugar have good taste properties. Turbinado sugar is more refined, differing in taste from the listed varieties. Actually, this is sugar cane with molasses. Anyway, it is possible to successfully use refined sugar without flavor and taste.
Spices in Tea Masala
Different spices are used for tea masala, but there is a classical composition. In India, each chef creates a unique taste and aroma of tea masala. Each family also chooses their favorite mixture.
The classical spices for tea masala usually include ginger, cardamom and cinnamon, plus fennel seeds, black pepper and cloves.
The number of ingredients is not the same. Usually, cardamom is used more in quantity than cinnamon and ginger. There is an even less amount of pepper added.
Sometimes, tea masala has ingredients such as almonds, saffron, rose petals, liquorice, root and nutmeg.
How to Prepare Tea Masala?
Before you make a mixture of spices, they have to be cooked in a pan, releasing its’ aroma.
First, take 1 teaspoon of green cardamom seeds, 4 cm of a cinnamon stick, 4 clove buds, 12 dashes of black pepper, 2 dashes of allspice, 2 seeds of badian, and ½ teaspoon of roasted fenugreek. They have to be grinded into powder. Then, it is necessary to put this mixture into a glass bowl with a seal tight lid. As usual, brew black tea per 1 cup (200ml), with ½ teaspoon of black tea without flavors. Draw for 6-7 minutes.
Take a Turkish coffee pot, because it’s the best for preparing tea masala. Then, put ½ teaspoon of prepared spices and ½ teaspoon of grated fresh ginger into ½ glass of boiling water. Parboil for 30 seconds. Cover with a lid and let it draw for 5-6 minutes.
Next, put the tea and spices through a strainer. Pour a glass of hot milk into that clear solution. Add sugar to taste and pour into cups.
Tea masala is a wonderful drink to have with either a good companion or a beloved one.