Recipes for Ramadan: Masala Chai and Sahlep
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.
- 2.5 mugs milk
- 2 tsp black tea leaves
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 2 cm piece of ginger, crushed
- 3 cloves
- 3 cardamom pods, pierced
- Add milk to a saucepan and begin to heat gently.
- As it begins to simmer, add all the other ingredients
- Bring to a gentle boil for 4 minutes
- Strain into cups
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.
- 2 tablespoons rice flour
- 500ml whole milk
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- Ground cinnamon and pistachios for garnish
- In a saucepan combine rice flour and milk until the rice flour has absorbed
- Heat over medium heat and simmer for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
- Once the mixture has started to thicken, add the sugar and honey and stir.
- Pour out into mugs and garnish with cinnamon and pistachios.
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