This is our family recipe for making traditional Punjabi home-style Indian tea. The recipe for Cha varies from home to home and also by region of India.
The word for tea also varies according to language. For example, in Punjabi we say ‘Cha’, but in Hindi they say ‘Chai’, but both words mean tea.
Apart from the slight difference in the language, the variation is more in the recipe. For example, some areas use ginger, which we, as a family do not. However family custom and personal preference dictates the spices that are used, so with our cha masala, we have prepared it, to give you our family’s special blend and the method of making it.
This is always by adding the milk to the tea, spices and water and bringing to a rolling boil. Traditionally we always add sugar, however, we have not added sugar as it is now becoming accepted practice to allow the guest to add their own sugar, according to taste.
The Cha masala comes in a handy size of 8 servings so it’s enough for you to see if you like the fragrant spiced aroma and taste, so go on…give it a try!