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You can buy Tea Masala (spices) at the Indian store where you buy your tea (or should buy your tea), but you can also make your own by throwing in random amounts of raw spice ingredients. The ingredients of a good Masala are cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, black pepper, white pepper, and cinnamon. I also add a dash of cayenne pepper to my tea. I have an Aunt who jokes that her tea looks like vegetable soup, but you know what? It’s FANTASTIC. This same aunt however instructs that you should add a pinch of masala powder to each pot of tea. I add a full teaspoon. A pinch of anything is not going to satisfy the all-or-nothing rocker.

FAST & EASY MASALA CHAI (perfect for when you’re busy or on the road)

By Anand Bhatt

Ingredients

1 Very Large Pyrex/Glass Measuring Cup

1 Tbsp of Tea (preferably precut in granules, but whole leaf works too)

½ cup of water

½ cup of skim milk (or soy, or almond, etc.)

1 tsp. of Masala (spices)

1 strainer

1 mug

Preparation

Mix tea, water, spices, and milk into the Pyrex and microwave for at least 3 minutes (you want it to boil, you may have to do 4 or 5 minutes). Carefully remove from the microwave, stir a bit, then strain into your mug. ENJOY!

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