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Recipes for Ramadan: Masala Chai and Sahlep

Recipes for Ramadan: Masala Chai and Sahlep

Masala Chai

Serves 2, 15 minutes

Masala Chai, sometimes rendered as Chai Latte or Chai Tea Latte in English, is a spicy and warming concoction from India. It’s a perfect way to wind down after an afternoon out in the cold weather.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 mugs milk
  • 2 tsp black tea leaves
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 cm piece of ginger, crushed
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods, pierced

Method

  1. Add milk to a saucepan and begin to heat gently.
  2. As it begins to simmer, add all the other ingredients
  3. Bring to a gentle boil for 4 minutes
  4. Strain into cups

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Sahlep

Serves 1, 15 minutes

This thick brew is a popular winter warmer from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. I loved walking the wintery¬†streets of Damascus while I was there with a cup of this in hand – it’s a thick, heavy drink too, so it’s warm, filling and hearty.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Ground cinnamon and pistachios for garnish

Method

  1. In a saucepan combine rice flour and milk until the rice flour has absorbed
  2. Heat over medium heat and simmer for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  3. Once the mixture has started to thicken, add the sugar and honey and stir.
  4. Pour out into mugs and garnish with cinnamon and pistachios.

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Meet Tim Blight


Writer, traveller, amateur photographer, teacher. Based in Melbourne and Lahore.

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  • Andrew Boland July 10, 2017, 11:50 am

    sound like they are perfect – when Ramadan is in Winter!

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    • Tim Blight July 11, 2017, 5:58 am

      Perfect for the Melbourne winter!

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