“Ham braised in nilgiri with masala spices” by Gilles Brochard

“Ham braised in nilgiri with masala spices”

“The Tea Box” by Gilles Brochard


1   good-quality ham quarter

2   tablespoons nilgiri tea

2   teaspoons garam masala

1   tablespoon vegetable oil or clarified butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place ham in a roasting pan.  Score the top in both directions, making one-inch squares.

Heat 2 cups water to just below boiling and steep the nilgiri leaves for 5 minutes.  Strain.

In a saucepan, gently heat the garam masala in the oil or clarified butter until fragrant.  Mix in the tea, then pour mixture over the ham.

Bake the ham 20 to 25 minutes, basting frequently.

Cut into slices and serve with a bit of the tea infusion around it.