Mystery revealed ….
Na na … not this soon ….
Let me say first that just like me many of you guessed the same. And needless to say that you were wrong :O . Just like I was . Thank you all , you make me feel better that I am not the only person weak in this guessing games :D.
Here are the answers for Secret Ingredients . They are Dabeli Masala , Takamaria seeds(Sabja seeds) and Meera’s Homemade Indian tea masala.
Now somehow for me it happened to be the first time with all these ingredients… and I never tried or even saw any of these before . But the red masala seemed very much like pau bhaji masala to me. And I guessed all these as Paubhaji masala , Kalonji and Dry ginger powder . As I tried smelling it many times(each time a little nearer that earlier :D ) , I got my nose red and lost my sense of smelling for a day almost following sneezing every half an hour(well, you have all rights to think this as my excuse for guessing it wrong :D ). Well that proved the masala is really something very good and strong. I wrote to Meera with my guessing : ( and to reveal this mystery soon , as I didn’t wanted it to be my nightmare :O (In that case it surely might be the same for hubby too , as I don’t let anyone around me sleep when I am sleepless :D ) . Meera responded quickly and I felt relived. Aaahhhh…. Then only I could enjoy the joy of getting these many nice goodies from her.
Here is my Spiced up Indian tea As arusuvai Part –I , I really don’t know how many parts it will take to try different recipes to make with this lovely spices , but I am sure you will enjoy it :) .
To make 1 cup Indian Chai Take half cup of water in a tea pan ( tea pan is a - special copper bottomed steel pan with cervical handle to make tea specially or you don’t have any other little deep steel vessel ) . When its little hot add suger upto your taste and one spoon of Indian tea ( I use brooke bond red label chai . It normally don’t get much dark color but tastes too good. ) . let the water boil till it gets the nice color of tea and then add half cup ( or your desired quantity of ) of milk to it. Let it boil and when it start boiling slow down the heat add 1/8 tsp of Chai Masala ( and enjoy the fragrance :p ) and after a while turn of the heat , strain tea into a mug and enjoy hot :) . It’s a boon in winter mornings, specially on weekends, take this hot tea in mug , relax a bit and enjoy it with cookies reading newspaper and forget the worries of life and allow yourself to lost in its divine taste :) .
Meera sent me everything ,
spicy masala for cooking ,
something for summer drink
and chai masala for winter mornings :).Thank you dear Meera :)
I have little different idea to use Dabeli masala with, for that still I got to get something from store to try it with . By the time I get that I thought to post this Spiced Indian Chai (Masalawali Bharatiy Chai ) with Meera’s home made tea masala. I am not a regular tea taker, but you surely made me one Meera.
I am extending this Arusuvai friendship chain by passing on some "Secret Ingredietns " to
Vani of Mysoorean and Indira Of Mahanandi .
Vani is a very active young mommy , and she already posted about this .
As the parcel to Indira is on her way still , be ready to check more on Mahanandi in coming days :) .
(P.S. – One of our close relative is visiting India right now, and Mom was asking me if I want some homemade tea masala . As I told Mom that one of my blog friend have sent this, she was happily surprised to hear this . Now when asking for other things she asks me playfully that “ if any of your blog friends has not sent XYZ , do you want it from India ??? “ )