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Christmas Recipe: Merry Masala - The ultimate festive treat

Loved the world over, Masala Chai is the ultimate comfort brew, embodying all the warmth and merriness of winter festivals.

In fact, Masala Chai was the tea that inspired me to enter the tea world in the first place. I learnt a special Keralan recipe when hiking in Nepal in 2011, and brought it back to Hong Kong where I ended up opening a cafe called teakha. Masala Chai has consistently been our best-selling brew, and to this day our recipe continues to evolve, as we take comments from thousands of people who have tasted it and ramp up our tea and spice quality whenever we have the chance. 

Christmas Masala Chai Recipe | Plantation by teakha
For the festive season, we've added a twist to our classic Masala Chai. Merry Masala is made from a fine Assam CTC black tea blended with a rare Keralan spice mix of cardamom, aniseed, cloves, black pepper and rose petalswith the addition of dried orange peel to give that Christmas feel. 

Christmas Chai Recipe | Merry Masala Chai Tea
Brew it as you would a black tea, or for that perfect masala chai texture, try boiling it the traditional Indian way: 


How to brew Merry Masala

For one

  1. In a small pot on the stove, bring 250ml of water to the boil.
  2. Add a few pieces of fresh ginger and cardamom.
  3. Add 8g of Merry Masala and boil on a medium heat for 3 minutes or until the tea tastes nice and strong.
  4. Add 150ml of milk and simmer for another 3 minutes or until it thickens.
  5. Turn off the heat and strain out the ingredients.
  6. Add sugar to taste and serve it hot!

For many

  1. In a medium pot on the stove, bring 500ml water to the boil.
  2. Add a few pieces of fresh ginger and cardamom.
  3. Add 16g of Merry Masala and boil on a medium heat for 3 minutes or until the tea tastes nice and strong.
  4. Add 300ml of fresh milk and simmer for another 3 minutes or until it thickens.
  5. Turn off the heat and strain out all the ingredients.
  6. Add sugar to taste and serve it hot!

Feel free to add more/less spices and more/less sugar, according to your taste preference.

I hope this festive brew adds an extra spice to your winter gatherings and helps you feel the comforting warmth of home. 


Nana Chan
Founder of Plantation by teakha


PS- This tea comes as part of our Christmas Carol Gift Set, which features two other festive teas packaged in a premium gift box with a modern, geometric design. 

Christmas Carol Tea Gift Set | Festive teas with warming spices for winter