How to Make Spiced Tea

One Methods:Microwave Version

This is an Indian (Bengali) variation of tea. There are claims of medicinal value that have not been verified. Several other recipes can be found for Masala (spiced) tea. The following directions make 4 cups of spiced tea.

Ingredients

  • Tea bags
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Green Cardamom
  • Slices of dried ginger roots or slices of fresh ginger for sharper taste
  • Sugar
  • Milk OR lemon if desired

Steps

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    Pour 6 cups of water in a 2-quart saucepan preferably with pouring lip OR use a non-reactive tea kettle
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    Place on burner at high heat OR accordingly turn the knob of the kettle.
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    Place 5 regular tea bags in the water
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    Add ALL or ANY combination of below spices
    • 1 small stick of Cinnamon whole
    • 3-4 green Cardamoms (slightly cracked open)
    • 2-3 Cloves (the bud removed)
    • 2-3 small slices of dried ginger root
    • a mint leaf
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    Bring the water to boil
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    Turn off the heat once the water begins to boil visibly
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    Leave for 2 minutes
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    Stir the contents well
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    Pour in cups with a strainer
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    Discard tea bags and spices collected in the strainer
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    Add sugar and milk (or lemon) as desired
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    Enjoy 4 cups of Masala (Spiced) Tea

Microwave Version

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    Take three cups of water and three cups of milk in a microwavable container.
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    Add in tea powder equivalent to about 6-7 tea bags
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    Repeat Step 4 as cited above in the Stove Version
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    Microwave for three minutes covered.
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    Add in sugar if desired.
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    Serve hot and enjoy!
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Ideal for cold evenings or if you have a fever / chills.
  • If you take milk with your tea - you may boil it at the same time by pouring it into the boiling tea. Most like to add it later.
  • If making 2 cups use 3 Tea bags and half the ingredients.
  • Do not consume immediately after a spicy meal.
  • Do not boil or leave in saucepan too long as tea will become bitter.
  • Experiment with spices to see what combinations you prefer.
  • Don't make one cup only - you will like it enough to want another cup.

Warnings

  • Consult a physician if you have a gastrointestinal condition
  • Do not leave in Saucepan with Tea bags and spices
  • Follow all safety precaution - Tea will need to boil and will be very hot
  • Do not boil the tea too long
  • Do not consume if you are allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Quart Saucepan
  • Stove
  • Electric Kettle (optional)
  • Microwave (optional)
  • Tea Cups
  • Strainer
  • Spoon

Article Info

Categories: Tea