Friday, 30 November 2007

Indian Masala Chai Mix

When i make Indian Masala Chai , i do with fresh ingridients like ginger, cinamon etc....... the idea of the event was that we make something which we can keep under the christmas tree as a present and fresh Chai that u can't do can we :-)

This i made for zlamushka's event A spoonful of Christmas and the deadline is tommorow , so i had to hurry up in making this.

I am going to give this as a present for my Mother in law, she likes the Indian spice tea and she buys the ready made one we get in the shops.
So i thought why not make this for her which will be far far better than the shop bought one ( I hope).

I made them yesterday I will have to keep it for atleast a week or two before giving it to her , by then all the spices would have really blended well with the tea leaves.


Tea and the spices


Mix everything


Ready to deliver :-)

Indridients.
150 gm tea
Ginger few slices or according to your taste ( i cut the giner in thin slices and dried them in the oven for 20 minutes in a very low heat and left in the oven for a day.)
Ginger powder 1 tsp
Cinamon few sticks crushed
Cardamom 10 crushed
Cloves 4

I mixed all the ingridients and botteled it.I will write a remark here after tasting the tea. ( I will have to taste it before i give it as a present)

Updated the recipe on December 1st. I added few peper balls crushe the tip whic Rina gave me and Bee from Jugalbandi said she add fennel seeds so i added 1 tsp slightly crushed fennel seed to the mix. Thanks both of you for the tip.

50 comments:

Lissie said...

hi F, i am the first to comment! lovely gift... what a great idea!!! i make the masala powder and keep it stored. and add it to tea while making it :D

Asha said...

That is a excellent idea for gift F! Looks yum, I love masala chai!:))
See you in 2 weeks, hugs to you.

Happy cook said...

Lissie thankyou. I always make add the spices fresh, but now as it was for a present i did like this.

Asha Thankyou. I too love masala chai.
Have a good 2 weeks of break, u deserve it.

Rina said...

Very smart Happy. Perfect enrty. I don't like cinnamon and cloves in my tea or desserts. So I'll go withthe rest of the ingredients. And I usually add some black pepper balls here too. Gives a real kick to the tea mix. So who is getting that gift under the christmas tree?

Happy cook said...

RIna Thankyou, clever idea adding the pepper balls, i will open up the bottel and add them. Do u add them whole or crush it

Rachel said...

That is a very different one, a very thoughtful gift at that...neat packing!!!

remya said...

awesme idea..perfect gift for a tea lover...i can imagine how it flavours...send me one too dear:-)))

Jaya said...

what a beautiful idea to gift maa-in -law ,and it looks sooo gorgeous.Masala chai is my fav too .
thanks for coming to my place ..
hugs and smiles
jaya

Laavanya said...

That would make a lovely gift. Great idea... so when am I getting a bottle? ;)

Mandira said...

excellent gift choice, and so thoughtful of you too :) Happy Holidays!

Namratha said...

I truly wouldn't one such gift myself Happy, your MIL is lucky! :) Gift is very good.

Richa said...

such a lovely gift, hc!
hand made gifts are always appreciated! do let us know how it tasted after blending :)

Rajitha said...

great idea..i think i will make something like this for myself :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

This is great dear! :) Love your masala chai mix! I will make it today itself! My father will be staying with me for 2 months and he loves tea! Thanks for such a timely recipe! :)

bee said...

sounds yummy. baking the ginger to dry it out is a great idea. i added a pinch of fennel (saunf) the last time i made tea masala, and it added a refresing undertone.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Beautiful idea...none of us can do without tea....in fact my day starts only with a cup of masala chai..:)

zlamushka said...

Hi Happy,

Thank you so much for the entry. Guess what! Me and my Tompa simply adore Chai. We drink it all the time. Currently there are at least 5 different Chai mixes in our cupboard. I am sure there is a space for another one ;-)

Happy cook said...

Rachel thankyou, i think without these events one would never think about presents like this.

Remya if you were living close by i would surley send u one

Jaya thankx to the event my MIL gets a present like this

Lavanya thankx well if i ever see u in my life time i will give u one :-)

Mandira thankyou

Namratha, my MIL is a great person so it is always nice to do something for her

Happy cook said...

Richa i will let you all know how the tea tasted

Rajitha, do try it is really no work at whole

Latha Narasimhan Yeah i am sure your FIL would also love them. You can please him with the tea for 2 months and not mention all the lovely food you are making for him

Bee thankyou, i did the ginger in the ovento dry it so that the tea leaves don't get bad. This is the second tip i am getting so i will open up the bottel and add the fennel seeds

Sugar crafts .... yeah my week day start with a cup of tea but then onweekend it is coffee

Zlamushka Thanks for hosting such a lovely event, if it is not for the event i would have never ever thoughtabout making a goft like this

sagari said...

it is just perfect gift very nice idea happy cook and thanks for stopping at my blog

aparna said...

Lovely idea for a gift. Nothing quite like masala chai on rainy day/ winter to warm up your insides!

meeso said...

Yum, I would love to try your Chai! What a great idea, too :)

Jeena said...

I bet your mother in law loved this gift happy. It sounds great, I am not a tea drinker really so I have never made my own before. Your recipe sounds really tasty for a cold winters night, lovley. :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

This is a wonderful idea, HC!!! Even I add a few pieces of masalas into my tea daily.. this is a great idea!

Vcuisine said...

An excellent idea HC. Ideal for the season too. Viji

Sandeepa said...

That is a great idea. I love masala chai, shall make for myself :D

Bharathy said...

Perrrrfect gift!..Nice entry to Zlam as well!...she is getting all the sweet entries lately!!:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a nice gift HC!!

Rosie said...

Hi happy cook,
What a wonderful idea for a gift!! I bet your M.I.L. will really enjoy her gift too, excellent :)

Rosie x

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful mix and a gift! Very impressive, Margot

Dhanggit said...

beautiful spoonful entry..very original!! love this chai mix..i will give you my postal address so you can send me one..hehehe love to have that under my christmas tree :-)

Happy cook said...

Sagari thankyou, i was my pleasure

Aparna Easpeically as the winter is here

Meeso thankyou

Jeean i still have not given it to her i will wait till it is almost Christmas


Ramya's mange.... thankyou, with theis mix it is all ready to go for the morning tea

Vcuisin thankyou viji

Sandeepa do let me know how it went

Bharathy thankyou. Well Zalmus... will be happy with this one then

Rakha Thankyou

Rosie i think she'll enjoy it. I am sure she'll be surprised by the gift as it is home made

Coffia & Vannila thankyou

Dhanggit, well if we were really close living iwould bring a bottel with me ;-)

SMN said...

Lovely gift!

Kribha said...

Very thoughtful gift and looks good. Sure makes a great holiday gift.

Ti said...

Im sure it will be the best present and taste good, nothing better than homemade

Cynthia said...

Thank you very much for posting this. Since I've started drinking tea masala, compliments of Bee in October, I don't think I can have tea without it :)

bindiya said...

Very lovely Happy, and I am counting on you to send your fav chocolate recipe soon to me, not one but two at least!

Happy cook said...

SMN thankyou

Kribha sure it indeed makes a good gift

Ti i am sure it will be at least it will be the best home made gift

Cynthia thankyou, now you can try these for giving gifts....

Bindya thankyou. I will be posting them in Jan as december is a busy month....

Latha Narasimhan said...

I am making this mix tomorrow dear! My dad likes tea and I am making tea almost everyday. I have bought dry ginger the only ingredient I didnot have. Will let you know if my dad liked it!
BTW, You are most welcome to my home any time dear! let me know when you are in India and you can be sure to get your favourite dishes cooked by me! :)

Happy cook said...

Latha Narasimhan I hope your father likes the tea. I have not tried mine, i thgt i will keep it for 2 weeks and then try them before i give to my MIL
And i will keep in mind your open invitation :-)

maybahay said...

what a lovely present. i wouldn't mind getting one myself;-)

Seema said...

Thats a great idea & nice gift.. you know she'll use it & love it. Anything handmade & with love is always good....

Pravs said...

usually i don't add masala to my tea. But then like ginger tea. Making a mix like this will make it easy to make masala tea very fast. Good one.

Seena said...

Happy,
I make one when having cough and cold..
this looks wonderful dear..

Seena said...

Happy, had commented here, don't know u got it,
closed without thinking..:(

Happy cook said...

Maybahay Thankyou, maybe for next christmas :-)

Seema you are really correct. I am sure she'll love them.

Pravs yeah if u have the mix made like this then you are not lazy to make them otherwise u'll have to start powdering the spices every time you want to make masala tea

Seena as u can see i got both you comments :-)
Yeah it is really good when one is having a cold

Suma Gandlur said...

What a thoughtful gift!

Happy cook said...

Suma gandulur thankyou

ThreeTastes said...

What a terrific idea for gifts — I know so many people who love chai and this would travel well, too. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm enjoying browsing your site.

manju

SteamyKitchen said...

Very very creative! I love it and can't wait to make it myself to give away.