Ingredients for Tea Masala
Cardamom (Elaichi/Elakulu) powder - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon powder -1 tbsp
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tbsp
Nutmeg powder - 1/8 tsp
Mix all these powders in a container. This powder serves for a longer period.
Everyone has their own way of making chai..say..with water decoction and milk or only with milk or with tea bags in water and creamer. The recipe I generally follow is the former one.
For 1 cup of tea/chai
For 1/4 cup of water, add 3 tsp sugar and 2 tsp tea powder and the masala powder (as per taste-may be 2 pinches).
Bring it to boil, add milk (3/4 cup). Bring it to boil. Strain using a tea strainer, serve while hot with a rusk or tea biscuits.
Ginger powder (1/2 tsp) can also be added to the masala powder.