September 29, 2020

Cinnamon Tea | Dalchini Chai


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 My experiments with different spices for flavoring my evening tea continues and this time it is  Cinnamon/Dalchini which gets featured as the special spice. 

I always prefer to use fresh and whole spices for making my Masala tea rather than the pre packed store bought ones . I feel we can control the level of flavor we want to be infused into the tea when we use fresh spices . We can add or subtract the quantity of ingredients depending on our personal liking .

Initially I was a little hesitant as to how cinnamon would taste in our Indian chai , but I went ahead and tried brewing my tea with cinnamon and cardamom and surprisingly people at home loved the taste and asked me to make tea this way going forward .

The mild sweetness from the cinnamon added a nice woody flavor to the tea . The trick to get the perfect taste is to not over boil the cinnamon stick in water.Excess boiling will release strong flavor of the cinnamon which may not be liked by all .  As cinnamon is a bark of a tree it has a naturally sweet woody flavor.  A small stick about 1/2 inch of high quality cinnamon is enough to brew tea for 3 people. 


Indian tea , masala tea , cinnamon tea , tea latte, masala chai, adrak chai , fakkad chai , kadak chaha , चहा , चाय,दालचीनी चाय

Preparation Time - 2 mins

Cooking Time - 15 mins

Complexity - simple

Makes - 3 cups of tea 

Ingredients 

1.25 cups water
2 cups warm milk 
3 tsp good quality tea leaves 
1/2 inch stick cinnamon/dalchini/pattai
1/2 tsp cardamom/elaichi powder 
Sugar as per taste 


Method
 
  • Add the water to a sauce pan and let it begin to warm up.
  • As you see bubbles , add in the cinnamon stick and elaichi/cardamom powder along with sugar. 
  • Once, you get a wafting aroma of cinnamon, add in the tea leaves and let the tea brew. It should take about 4 to 5 min for the tea to get infused with all the flavors from the spices.
  • Add the warm milk and let it come to a rolling boil.
  • Strain and serve hot with your favorite snack or biscuits.

My other two most favorite tea variants which you may want to try .  Click the images below for recipe .

Adrak Elaichi Chai / Elaikkai Inji Tea


Saffron Cardamom Tea / Kesar Elaichi tea






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