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How to Make Masala Chai at Home with Prana Chai
By Natasha Buttigieg
You’ve got yourself a big bag of Prana Chai and you’re all ready to start inhaling those delectable flavours. But how do you make a homemade chai that’s exactly like your favourite cafe brew? Better yet, how do you top it?
We're leaning on our mates at Prana Chai to give us the 101 on making Masala Chai at Home.
Here's the low down: Although there are many ways to concoct your favourite cuppa, Prana Chai have two preferred methods. But first, you need to know exactly what to put into your chai.
Mix up your chai by adding further ingredients. Try adding a hint of Tumeric for drinking on cooler nights while adding Peppermint will give you a refreshing bite on warm days. Aside from a bag of Prana Chai, you’ll need your preferred milk. Dairy can overpower the subtle layers of the different spices - earthy and nut-based milks are the perfect accompaniment, like Milk Labs Almond Milk. And don’t forget a little extra sweetener if you like your chai sweet, our favourite, Just Harvest Rooftop Honey.
HOW TO MAKE CHAI
Prana Chai cover the art of making a chai in two separate ways so you can follow the method that best suits you. Grab all the equipment you need including a stainless steel stove top pot and fine mesh strainer.
ON THE STOVETOP
- Grab a quality Turkish teapot (not just because, fancy) or small saucepan (preferably with a spout).
- Toss two heaped teaspoons (that’s 20-25g) of your favourite Prana Chai blend into the pot.
- Add any extra sweetener to taste (we love to stick with honey). Pour in your preferred milk - soy milk and almond milk make great alternatives to dairy options.
- Pop the teapot on the stove and heat to a good temperature - but don’t let it boil out the leaves and spices. Heat until hot or close to simmering. It can take two to three minutes. Put aside and wait till the leaves open in the pot. Leave it any longer and your brew may be stronger and bitter. Strain the brew into a mug or a fresh teapot if you’re sharing with friends. Bottoms up!
WITH A COFFEE MACHINE
- Get yourself a good milk jug. Toss in two heaped teaspoons of your favourite Prana Chai blend.
- Add more honey or sugar if you like it sweet.
- Cover the chai with some boiling water. Put it aside for two minutes to allow the flavours in the honey and spices to activate.
- While they’re infusing, heat your preferred milk up to about 65 degrees Celsius with the frother. Prepare the milk very flat, without any bubbles if possible. It will make the infusion more efficient.
- Add your milk to the rest of the mixture. You can also pour the milk directly into the jug and froth it, blend and all. Pour into a cup covered with a strainer and enjoy one irresistible cuppa.