Almost everyone is familiar with the term “teatime” – a fancy post lunch /early evening which emerged as a social event during the Victorian period.
According to the accepted legend, the seventh duchess of Bedford, Ann Maria Russel — and her hunger pangs — created the afternoon tea tradition.
While the idea of tea time in the afternoon has stuck throughout the centuries, in some ways it’s a misnomer: especially in India.
People drink tea all the time in India. It’s consumed by the populous in a variety of ways and it’s served by the chai-wallahs (road side tea shacks) and the upper crust restaurants and hotels alike.
Each place has its own recipe and charm as they continue to use their preferred milk, sweetener or even the variety of spices which are added. Tea is served in a variety of cups – ranging from clay cups which are smashed on the street after drinking, to fine Porcelain cups at the upper crust restaurants.
It is more than just a drink to kick start the morning or a post lunch beverage – the thick (often sweet) drink is a way of lie.
In India ‘teatime’ is an all day affair. It’s teatime in the morning when you wake up, at work when you take a break, over business deals and meetings and also while on a date or during a train journey over a game of cards with your family and friends.
As a nation we consume over 837,000 tonnes of tea every year, no wonder, Teatime in India is truly the most sought-after time of the day.
Try the Zaira Exclusive Indian Masala Tea now and know the difference – Because your perfect cup is important for us.
So here is presenting a special recipe for you tea lovers from Zaira Tea. Because we understand the love for Tea!
INDIAN MASALA CHAI
Preparation Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 4
- 2 Cups Water
- 2 Cups Whole Milk
- 3 tsp Zaira Indian Masala Tea
- ½ teaspoon crushed Cardamom seeds or Cardamom Powder
- 1 (1/2 inch or less) Cinnamon Stick or ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- 1tsp ground ginger
- Black Peppercorns – To Taste
- Sugar – To Taste
Mix milk and water and bring it to simmer in a heavy saucepan.
Stir or whisk in ground spice mixture, and ginger. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes to infuse flavors.
Add the tea leaves and sugar once it begins to boil and keep it boiling for 2-3 minutes until the mix is brown in color.
Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into your cup and it’s ready!
Savor it in some fresh air!