Masala Chai | Indian Masala Chai | Tea

Chai / Tea the most universal drink across various places in this vast world but also very unique to each place. The most refreshing drink. In India various versions of chai/tea. This is available in almost all restaurants and gadiwala across India and also in almost all households. Generally the tea makes basic version. The decoction (“black tea”) is basically made using a water and tea leaves.  I am off to make one for myself. Enjoy by making one for yourself if you like it !!!







Ingredients 

  • Tea leaves - 4 tbsp ( I prefer Taj mahal brand or Lipton)
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cinnamon Stick - a small piece
  • Black peppercorns - 4
  • Nutmeg powder - 1/4 or less tsp
  • Cardamom pods - 1 or 2 (adjust as per flavor)
  • Sugar - 1 or 2 tsp (more or less to taste)
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Warm Milk - 1/2 cup (adjust as per black tea)
  • Fresh Ginger - 1 tsp (grated)
Method
  1. Bring water to boil in a sauce pan 
  2. In a pestle add  cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cardamom pods crush them all 
  3. Add  add nutmeg and grated ginger into boiling water 
  4. Add tea leaves boil for few mins
  5. Add milk stir well. Boil the chai for 5 mins. Do not make it high flame and it may overflow out of the saucepan.
  6. Remove from heat and strain the chai with tea strainer and serve hot







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Tutti Frutti Cake (Iyengar Bakery Recipe)

This cake is a popular item in an Iyengar Bakery in Mysore/Bangalore. When i was making this i remembered my childhood days when we used to go out to bakeries to eat this. 





Prep Time : 15 Mins
Bake Time : 40 Mins
Oven Temp : 200F

Ingredients
  • Tutti Frutti - 3/4 cup (Candied Fruits)
  • Maida / AP flour - 1.5 cups
  • Fine sugar - 1 cup or Powdered sugar - 1 cup ( i have used fine sugar)
  • Sore Curds or Sore Cream - 1/2 cup 
  • Oil - 1/2 cup
  • Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  • Milk - 3/4 cup 
Method
  1. Mix tutti frutti a teaspoon of maida and keep aside
  2. In a large glass bowl add oil and sugar beat the mixture in the hand blender
  3. Add curds / sore cream beat the mixture again 
  4. Sieve maida,baking powder, baking soda mix it in the blender. Make a smooth batter
  5. Add milk little by little and blend thoroughly 
  6. Finaly add candied fruits/tutti frutti mix well in a spatula 
  7. Place the parchment sheet line the bottom of the baking pan / loaf pan
  8. Pour the batter evenly and bake at 200F for 40-45 mins








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