Rose Masala Chai | Rose Tea – The flavors in this tea are so deliciously striking. The chai is enriched with a good amount of spices and rose petals. This chai is not so different than a basic masala chai, and also very simple and very delicious. If you love tea, then you would love to wake up to this one! 🙂
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Party time is over. Holiday time is almost over for most of us. But this time for my family holiday time will be over a little later from now. Hey, have I told you about our upcoming week-long mini-holiday. Woohoo. We are going on a holiday after the holiday period. 🙂
Holiday in January is Fun:
It’s a nice feeling to have a holiday in January. If I were still little, I would have believed that I am going to be holidaying all year long. Because as a child I always believed that the initial days of the year decide how the whole year is gonna be like.
Days cannot be repeated:
As I grew up and came out of my fictitious dreamland cocoon I made for myself, the harsh reality of life changed my views. That’s what we call coming out from a wonderland. But that child inside me still wants to believe that if my days are happy initially, I am gonna have a good year. They say, all’s well that ends well. I say, all’s well that starts well :-).
But then I also know the fact that every day is different. It’s hard to have the same kind of experiences over and over again. That’s not in our hands. That’s the nature of life. But…
Some experiences can be repeated:
Here I am talking about the food we eat. That’s all in our hands. You can have the same feeling of joy over and over again. Imaging eating Ice-cream or chocolates 😉 A similar awesome experience of having a steaming cup of chai/tea in the cold and white winter morning. Priceless, and surely can be repeated any time your heart desires. Like this tea recipe I am sharing today. It can be enjoyed over and over again. And it gives me the same kind of joy every single time.
My Dad’s secret ingredient:
I wanted to share this tea recipe for a very long time. It’s due from last year when I visited India. My Dad welcomed me with this Rose Masala Chai/tea. It had become my Dad’s new favorite then. The flavors in this tea were so deliciously striking, so I asked my Dad about what he put in this tea.
But before my Dad could answer, my Mom told me that my Dad had this tea in a local tea/coffee shop, and he just loved it. She also told, “He likes to have this unique Masala Chai 2-3 times in a week ever since. He serves this tea to all of his friends, but never tells the secret ingredient he puts in this tea. You know me — I don’t drink tea, so I never bothered about his secret. You can try, maybe he will tell you that secret stuff. ;-)”
Me: “You don’t worry Mom, I know he will tell me about his secret ingredient. Wouldn’t you Dad?”
Dad: “Of course, I will tell you. Who else would deserve this tea legacy other than you”, and he blinked.
Then he whispered to me that secret ingredient. It was ‘dried rose petals’. The tea he had at that coffee shop was named ‘Chai Musafir’ (Travelers tea). But I thought the name doesn’t justify the goodness and deliciousness this milk tea has. So I named it more appropriately as ‘Rose Masala Chai’.
Okay, naming complete. Now it’s time to take it up a notch:
So the next day I made the same tea for my Dad, but I added one more thing to the tea which my Dad didn’t add. It was rose water. I asked My Dad about it? And he said: “It is even better than my own tea — much more flavorful.”
It was then I told him that I added rose water also. And after that, we both made this tea the new way and we called it ‘Rose Masala Chai’.
Basic yet flavorful:
This chai is not so different than a basic masala chai, and also very simple and very delicious. The chai is enriched with a good amount of spices and rose petals. The spices I used here are cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, ginger, and cardamom. I added sugar but you can also add honey or maple syrup. It’s up to you.
Give a good boil to the mixture of water, cinnamon, clove, fennel seeds, ginger, rose petals. Add black tea, sugar, milk and some cardamom, and boil some more. Add a good splash of rose water. Tada!
Rose water is a must, because what’s a rose tea without a good amount of rose flavor? Right?
I make this tea often during winter time. It just gives me instant warmth.
So, are you ready to dive into this drink? Not literally though — you know the warning, ‘Hot Beverage Inside’. 😉
- Black tea leaves - 1 tbsp, or tea bags (2)
- Water - 1½ Cup
- Milk - 1½ Cup
- Cinnamon Stick - 1
- Cardamom Powder - 1 Tsp
- Fresh Ginger - 1 - Inch Piece
- Dried Rose Petals - 4 Tbsp
- Cloves - 4
- Fennel Seeds - 1 Tbsp
- Rose Water - 1 Tbsp
- Sugar - 3 Tbsp Or As Per Taste
- Crush cinnamon stick, cloves, fennel seeds and ginger in a mortar-pestle and set aside.
- Pour the water into a pan and add crushed cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, and ginger.
- Add rose petals and then bring it to a boil.
- Add tea leaves, sugar and boil for 3-4 minutes. Add milk, cardamom and let it come to a boil.
- Turn heat to low then boil for 7 mins.
- Now add the rose water and boil for 2 more mins.
- Strain the tea into cups and serve immediately.
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Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing! 🙂
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