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Chai §

You masala try this masala chai, it is a staple drink across India and central Asia and for good reason, the sweet creamy tea is truly regenerative. This recipe is from the one and only Dishoom.

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Makes: 2 cups


1 tbsp black tea

6 slices fresh ginger

3/4 tsp black peppercorns

6 cardomom pods

1 cinnamon stick

3 cloves

25g sugar

250ml milk

1. Hush Chai-ld, tea is being made

Masala means mixed spice in South Asian languages, and this recipe is about to get very mixy with the spice. In a large sauce pan measure out 1 tbsp of black tea (Assam or Darjeeling tea for preference), 6 slices of ginger, 3/4 tsp black peppercorns, 6 cardamom pods, 1 cinnamon sticks and 3 cloves.

Now that you've raided your entire spice rack, you impressive millenial, pour over 500ml of boiling water and bring the concotion to a boil.

Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes so that it starts to smell fragrant. Watch it boil and pretend your a witch or wizard from Harry Potter (just pray it won't burn off your eyebrows).

At this point its time to sweeten the deal, add in 25g sugar and 500ml of milk.

Turn the heat up and bring the chai to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you boil it for longer it will taste even stronger.

Strain the tea, getting rid of the spices and serve in your best mug.

And dinkai and sinkai!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I've literally dragged people on a boozy night out on a detour to a Dishoom to make them try a masala chai from the restaurant because they hadn't tried it before; I love it that much. This recipe perfectly recreated the Dishoom, and authentic Indian, chai. It was creamy and flavourful and quite sweet, as I found out after a few cups when I got very hyper. I'm so glad I can make this at home now - especially as Dishoom no longer does bottomless chai in their restaurant :,(. 10/10"

Kate says: "Dishoom chai is probably one of the best things I have ever discovered, and to be able to make that at home is dangerous knowledge to have... However this is the perfect warming recipe for a cold autumn day and is super easy to make. It just gives you main character syndrome, sitting in your armchair watching the rain on the window, I mean no-one really does that, but this chai makes you want to with no shame!! The delicious spiciness and warm milkiness are just perfect and I would totally drink this every day, especially if there was a nice biscuit at hand to have with it. 10/10"

10/10 Gasps


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