As we sip our cuppa chai in celebration of National Afternoon Tea Week, we wanted to dedicate a special blog to you and talk about how far tea has come along and how it’s incorporated into weddings with high tea, afternoon tea and now Indian high tea!
The trend for Indian afternoon tea has caught on as a great substitute for your usual wedding lunch – I mean, we all love wedding food but let’s face it, at lunch time and evening it may sometimes be way too much!
Swapping your cheese sandwiches for Bombay sandwiches, adding yummy pakoras and/or samosas (who doesn’t love samosas, by the way?), sultana scones…the possibilities are endless and our mouths are watering already!
All of the above wouldn’t be the same without having masala chai to finish off your afternoon tea.
So what makes a great Indian high tea?
We at Mazaa believe you don’t need 20 different items to make a successful high tea; keep it simple and limit yourself to a handful of bite-size options that complement each other.
Don’t forget your selection should also have sweet options as well as savoury.
Here is a sample menu to get your creative flair going when picking your selections, whether it is for your wedding or if you would like to create your own Indian high team at home and invite your friends/family over!
Menu: You’re my Cuppa Chai <3
- Mini masala dosa
- Spring rolls
- Paneer/chicken Kati roll
- Garam gulab jamun with coconut ice cream
- Ras malai on a bed of strawberries
- Sultana scones with blueberry jam and clotted cream
And for the perfect chai to complement;
Garam Garam Chai Recipe
- Cardamom pods, crushed
- Root ginger, chopped (you can leave the skin on)
- Loose tea (traditional), or you can use tea bags
- Sugar (to taste) or honey
- Boil waiter for a couple of minutes, then add your loose tea, cardamom pods and root ginger.
- Add sugar to taste.
- Let the water simmer and boil with the spices.
- When the water starts to boil, add milk.
- Now, keep an eye on the saucepan, as when the tea comes to the boil it will rise quickly and tend to spill over. You want to let it simmer or come to the boil for around three times.
- Your tea is now ready! Pour your chai through a tea strainer directly into your cup.
- Now sip your garam chai with your lush afternoon Indian high tea.
Top Tip: A good cuppa chai usually consists of 50/50 water and milk.
We would love to see you in action making chai with your afternoon tea, so do tag us and use #MazaaHighChai