Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Mysterious Masala Chai #SipbySip #Sponsored

  This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SipbySip.
I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #SipbySip recipes. 
All opinions are mine alone.

When I received a care package from The Republic of Tea* - with their new The Mandolorian teas - I knew that I would eventually get around to making a masala chai with the Star Wars: The Mandalorian - Mysterious Black Tea which is made up of black tea from Kenya, South India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Darjeeling. 


Masala Chai is a family favorite and it's super simple. But I did want to point out a couple of things because words matter and I try to be as precise as I can. Chai means 'tea'. Masala means 'spiced'. So this is just spiced tea. If you go to one of those corporate coffee chains and see 'Chai Tea', you can just give a little chuckle that they are offering Tea Tea.

Ingredients serves 3

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • two (1-1/2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • two star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grains of paradise
  • 2" knob fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 tea bags black tea, approximately 4 teaspoons (I used the  Star Wars: The Mandalorian - Mysterious Black Tea)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar or more if desired

Procedure

Place all of the spices and tea in a large saucepan with the water. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Add in the milk. Bring to a simmer again. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes to let the flavors infuse. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved.

Pour tea through a fine-mesh sieve; or use a coffee press. I poured my to-go cup that has a built in strainer. Serve hot.

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*Disclosure: I received complimentary products from sponsor for the creation of this recipe. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.*

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