Sunday, 29 October 2006

The Secret To A Great Cup Of Tea........

The secret to a great cup of tea!

There's nothing like having a hot cup of Masala tea while the temperatures drop outside....or when it snows, or even when the wind howls...a steaming cup of tea is enough to chase the chills away! I have been having an extra cup of tea everyday, ever since the advent of the Winter season here in Newfoundland., and it's been helping me stay warm. Though I prefer coffee while outside of the home, Masala tea is what I prefer in the comfort of my own home with home made savouries such as Namkeen puri and Chakris, Ganthiya, Khakra...and the like!!

My dad once shared a secret with me to make the best tasting Chai ever and I'd like to share it with you. I remember my dad making the late afternoon tea for everyone in the house- everyday. The taste of his tea was absolute bliss! That was his specialty. He still does it- bless his heart!
One day, I was so curious about what he put in, I just had to ask him...and he told me. He carefully took out a package of "Milkmaid's Kulfi Mix"!!!!!! A tablespoon of that he said made all the difference! Boy, was I surprised at his creativity! The rest of the ingredients were the basic, shredded gingerroot,cardamom powder and a pinch of Chai Masala. Here is the recipe:

For 2 cups of Masala Chai:

1 cup water
1 cup milk
pinch of cardamom powder, shredded ginger root,1 tbsp Kulfi powder
Pinch of Chai masala, Sugar to taste
Tea leaves

Bring 1 cup water along with the shredded gingerroot,and cardamom powder, chai masala powder and sugar to a rolling boil. Add the milk and stir in the Kulfi powder. Add the tea leaves now and let it come to a boil again. Keep stirring until the desired strength is reached. Strain and serve!

There you go, Dad's secret to bliss in a cup!


Gini said...

Back home,coffee dominated tea. But these days it is more of tea for us. I am no expert at making tea.Thanks for all the tios and I love that photo.

Nidhi said...

Hey Trupti,
What a nice picture....I love that. You have a nice blog, Keep us updated with you tasty recipes..Thanks.

mandira said...

I love tea in the evening, I come back home and make myself garam garam chai :)

Foodie's Hope said...

Masala chai and chakris on a cold day or any day! Were you my sistah in mah past life?!:D;D

Meena Kandlakuti said...

photo is too good.Thanks for sharing a verity and your dad's secret tea with all of us...welcome home! Happy blogging trupti:-)

Trupti said...

Gini: thanks for visiting!
Nidhi: I surely will!!
Mandira: Me too!! Love that chai!
Asha: hehehe....probably!
Meena: thank you! so nice of you to welcome me this way!

mommyof2 said...

I can't imagine my day without tea:-) very nice pic:-)

One day I found an American girl's store selling Indian tea stuff.. I got a masala box from her and now I don't need to add any other masala & it taste good every time:-)

Will try with kulfi masala.. Do they have it here?

Lakshmi said...

wow nice tea. first time to your blog and loved it. nice work.

Paddukoti said...

masala tea and pakodas on a wintry day!!!
woh sounds amazing!!!
lovely picture and thank u for u'r comments on my blog!!

Hema said...

You have a nice blog here Trupti. Wow! Kulfi mix in chai? Now, who can think of that? Your dad's really very creative. My hubby is an avid chai drinker. Have added kulfi mix to my indian store list. Thanks!

Mystic said...

what a lovely picture ! and I have to try this method of making tea. Will liquid sweetened condensed milk work instead of the powdered one ?

Trupti said...

mommyof2: yeah, i think Kulfi masala should be readily available at any Indian stores..I go for the Milkmaid brand but any will do fine!

Lakshmi: thanks!!

Padmaja: thanks for the visit! and yep, there's something about pakodas and tea, isn't there?

Hema: I hope you try this! and hope your hubby likes it!

Mystic: Hmm...don't know about the condensed milk..but it does sound interesting! I'll try that and let you know!

bureka said...

king cole by chance, trupti? lol.

it seems that that is the tea of choice in your part of our country. funny as it doesn't seem to be well known here.

Prabha said...

Thanks Trupti for your comments on my book blog! Lovely to see your blog. I completely agree with you on the Magic of Chai! Interesting to read about the kulfi twist your Dad came up with!

Thanks again,and will keep visiting your blog for fun reads. I see that Indira has you on her blog for the weekend reads! Neat!

bye -

Inji Pennu said...

Hi TS,

Came from the Indie Blog listing. Wow! It was like walking into an Indian resturant, what with all the music and paintings..Havent gon thru the recipes yet..Should do one by one...charming blog!

delhibelle said...

so glad i found this post..thanks for sharing your dad's special touch. I could have never come up with it myself, but can imagine the heavenly fragrance it would add:P

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