Somewhere or other I tasted some pure Assam tea, and finally remembered to order some off of Amazon. It came yesterday and I already had a cup of it with a little agave nectar - excellent tea, malty and strong. It came from an upscale Indian company.
Then I thought to look at youtube to see what I could discover about Assam tea. I found plenty of videos of Indian cooks showing you how to make “masala chai”, which I’ve seen but have never tried. The recipes looked easy so I thought I’d give it a go.
One scant cup each of water and milk went into a saucepan, and to it was added two teaspoons each of sugar and Assam tea. I also put in two green cardamom pods, which were optional. Bring it all to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for two or three minutes. Strain it through a strainer into a mug, and pour it back and forth between two mugs (striving for height during the pour) so that a nice milk foam is raised.
Lordy, this stuff is good. I’ve already had a cup of coffee and a cup of plain Assam tea this morning, so I’m trying to restrain myself from drinking the whole huge mug of masala chai because I want to get some sleep tonight. I think the cardamom pods are what elevates it from a mug of good milky sweet tea to a heavenly brew.