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The whole of last month was pretty busy with so many activities going on with regards to the India Fest.  But I enjoyed so much doing 2 demos, Food booth activities, Pictures I shot for the Souvenir book.  The name of booth was .  My Masala chai and Jigarthanda which we had in our food booth was super hit in the India fest and everybody enjoyed it.  The Demo which I did in India Fest went very well and I did in the Theme of heritage so I showed the basic south India seasoning of Garbanzo beans and the Moong Salad. The recipes for the Garbanzo beans and Moong salad are here and here.  The people who attended the demo really enjoyed and loved the taste.  Unfortunately I don't have much pictures of India fest as we were really really busy with the Food booth; we didn't even have time to breath.  I took the pictures only after the closure but I am yet to get the pictures of the Food Demo from the IAM team.  Anyway here I am sharing the few pictures which I took at the end of the day. 

One more good news is that November 5th was my blog anniversary and the same day was India fest, it was like we celebrated the blog anniversary through India fest.  

As requested by many people there in India Fest here is the recipe for Masala Chai.  Masala chai (literally "spiced tea") is a beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.


This is for 2 glass of Chai.

Ingredients :

Water - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 1/2 cup ( I used 2% Milk)
Tea dust/Tea leaves - 1 tsp heaped ( My Tea powder is little strong so I used less. Depending on the tea powder use it for the decoction)
Cardamom powder - less then 1/8 tsp
Fresh Ginger or Ginger powder - grated less then 1/8 tsp
Sugar - 2 1/2 tsp ( or as needed)

Other optional masala you can add :

Cinnamon powder - less then 1/8 tsp
Pepper - less then 1/8 tsp
Nutmeg - a Pinch

Clove powder - less then 1/8 tsp 

You can also use all the above spices as well.

Here is another Tea Masala you can grind in your leisure and store in airtight container.

For Tea Masala Powder:

Cardamom - 10 Pods
Cinnamon - 4 sticks
Cloves - 12
Dry Ginger - 2 small pieces or even you can use fresh grated ginger while making tea
Pepper - 1 /2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - 1/8 tsp(You need not roast Nutmeg)

Dry roast all the above ingredients till you get nice aroma. Do not over roast. Cool them and make it to fine powder and store it in the air tight container to ensure freshness. Add a tsp of this ground tea masala and tsp of fresh grated ginger( If you are not grinding dry ginger while making Tea masala ) while making tea.

Method :

1.  Add the tea powder/dust in the water, add the cardamom and Ginger and let it come to rolling boil. If you are using tea masala add it instead of cardamom and ginger.
2. Close and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
3. Add the milk to the decoction, add  sugar.
4. Let it again come to nice rolling boil again.
5. Strain it.

Enjoy the Delicious and soothing Masala Tea/Chai.

Note :  
1.  If you need the chai to be strong increase the amount of tea powder.
2. Add milk according to your preference(more or less). The milk and water ratio depends on the individual preference.  Some prefer more milky tea some with not much of milk.  In that case you can use water and milk ratio according to your choice. 
3. Depends on the strongness of the tea powder, add it for making decoction.  

Hari Chandana P  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM)  

Wowwwwwwwwwww... Amazing photography.. awesome job Pavi :)
Indian Cuisine

sangeeta  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM)  

The event must have been fun. Congratulations for success with everything.
The pictures of masala chai are great, loved your mugs/jars....
we just had a large mugful of masala chai so the taste is still fresh helps in enjoying the pics more :)

MARARIA  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:49 AM)  

This tea looks delicious! I´ve never try this way! I´ll take note.

I like the mugs!

schmetterlingwords  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:52 AM)  

Congratulations for the success of the event. Hope you had a great time. No wonder the masala chai was a hit. It looks so inviting :)

Mina Joshi  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM)  

Congratulations. I love all your pictures!! And the tea mug - I love it. Where can I get one?

soujanya  – (November 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM)  

Luv masala chai...
lovely presentation...

Torviewtoronto  – (November 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM)  

lovely presentation of the chai looks wonderful

divya  – (November 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM)  

Wow... Amazing photography.. great job..

Reshmi Mahesh  – (November 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM)  

Beautiful presentation...LOve masala chai..

Madhavi  – (November 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM)  

Awesome clicks gal..keep rocking :))

Nisha  – (November 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM)  

Oooooooooo so that ready-made Chai Masala powder consists of these things!! Now I get it!
Niceee picsss!!!!

Unknown  – (November 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM)  

Finally I came here for commenting. How lazy am I? BTW, I wanted to tell from long time back, You have nice blog, Beautiful pictures and lovely recipes. The cute cups of masala chai is superb and I hope you enjoy the event in which you participated. Happy going.

Rekha shoban  – (November 9, 2011 at 5:58 PM)  

i used make this chai in hubby likes it very much...nice pics!!

DV  – (November 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM)  

I am a tea addict, so much that I want masala chai only! Gladly i can find masala chai easily in Singapore!

Your photos are so lively :) Wonderful illustration!

VineelaSiva  – (November 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM)  

Wow amazing pics.U done a great job dear.I am tea addict dear.Twice a day.During cold weather i used to prepare the masala tea.But never add the nutmeg.

Anonymous –   – (November 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM)  

Greta way to prepare chai;)Looks amazing:)

Faseela  – (November 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM)  

Awesome clicks.............looks wonderful

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:26 PM)  

Pavi I wonder where u get all these cute utensils to present ur food? looks so tempting...

Lifewithspices  – (November 9, 2011 at 10:51 PM)  

awesome clicks n love the chai n mug spcl..

chef and her kitchen  – (November 9, 2011 at 11:21 PM)  

congrats for d fest and nice to know more abt it..
I m in love wid dose glass cups..looks superb can some1 say no to chai..especially masala chai...looks perfect

Indian Khana  – (November 10, 2011 at 12:01 AM)  

Congrats dear and glad to knw you have wonderful time ...masala chai is daily staple and like the way you did it

Unknown  – (November 10, 2011 at 12:06 AM)  

I luv masalatea..looks too god and pretty clicks Pavi

Raks  – (November 10, 2011 at 1:48 AM)  

I feel like having this right now pavi, sure I will make today ;) Looks like you do a whole lot of activities, way to go! :)

Priya Suresh  – (November 10, 2011 at 4:07 AM)  

Wat a prefect chaai, love it anytime.

Aruna Manikandan  – (November 10, 2011 at 4:50 AM)  

congratulation for the fest dear!!!!!
masala chai looks gr8 :)
gorgeous clicks pavi

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (November 10, 2011 at 5:25 AM)  

perfect and flavourful chai ,wonderful clicks

Prathima Rao  – (November 10, 2011 at 5:58 AM)  

Glad the fest went on well Pavi..And these are fantastic clicks!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

lata raja  – (November 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM)  

I add all of these spices too. I have had people ask why add pepper...i simply had a fresh stock given by a friend and added...then on it was a love affair ...I see you have added it too. In love with the chai and your mugs:)
Many congratulations on your blog birthday!

Nitha  – (November 10, 2011 at 6:31 PM)  

Looks great.. Hope you had loads of fun..

Poornima Nair  – (November 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM)  

The event sounds like so much fun...only u can make chai look so tempting:)...

Archana  – (November 12, 2011 at 11:16 PM)  

Event must have been fun. I am glad you enjoyed yourself. Love the masala chai. great pictures. About the salad recipes i could not access the link. Can u check that please.
Hosting an event which I am calling Back to our Roots Also hosting for Nov’11 Veggie Food for the Month_Raw Banana. Please do send me your entries.

Chitra  – (November 14, 2011 at 3:44 AM)  

Loved this chai very much. will soon make it :)

james  – (November 28, 2011 at 5:15 AM)  

Amazing tea It sounds delicious !!


divyagcp  – (December 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM)  

Flavorful tea.. Wish I could have some in this cold evening.. By the love the shape of the mug...

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