BLENDED TEAS (India)
Chai is a peculiarly Indian decoction of black tea blended with spices. In Hindi, the word 'chai' means tea; the word 'masala' means a combination of spices. So, Indians normally refer to spiced tea as 'masala chai'.
Masala chai has its origins in the late 1940s during the time when India was obtaining its independence. When the British relinquished control of India, Indians were forced to find markets for tea within their country. Previously, British-owned tea companies had exported most of the Indian tea crop to the United Kingdom.
Larsen & Thompson's Chai is an authentic Indian masala Chai. It is comprised of CTC (Cut, Tear and Curl) grade black tea from Assam in the north-east of India. The ground masala of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, dried ginger, green cardamom and nutmeg perfectly complements and adds to the distinctive flavour of this beverage. This Chai is thick, strong and liquors brightly in the cup.
Prepare our Masala Chai with milk and sugar using one level teaspoon of Masala Chai mix for each cup of milk. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil, simmer on low heat – for at least seven minutes – until the decoction turns a rich toffee colour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Milk and sugar may be substituted with soymilk and honey as appropriate.
See the Larsen & Thompson "Perfect Chai Set".