You will want to take a moment to smell the spices – I’m telling you, the scent will be blow your mind! It is incredibly heavenly. You’ll also need high quality tea – loose tea is best, but there are some great high quality bagged teas around as well.
Slice your ginger, and place that in the mortar after the spices have been removed.
In a small saucepan combine water and spices and bring to a rolling boil.
Magic is happening here and it is filling your home with an amazing fragrance!
Keep the tea on a simmer – patience makes all the difference as you are infusing the water with wonderful flavors!
When you’ve simmered your tea for 10 minutes, it is time to add the milk.
After the tea has had a chance to become friends with the milk, you may add sugar to taste. It can also be added later, after the tea has been placed into cups. Before pouring into your cup(s), be sure to have a strainer nearby.
Enjoy! I just know you will love this, and so will your guests! Enjoy the Chai with butter cookies, biscuits or vanilla cookies in the afternoon. Even starting the day with a lovely cup of Chai alongside a savory breakfast will help to make your day a great one! Cheers!
- 8 teaspoons black tea (preferably Assam tea)
- 2 small cinnamon sticks
- 2 small pieces (2 "thumbs") of fresh ginger, peeled
- 6 black peppercorns
- 6 cloves
- 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 16 green cardamom pods
- 2 black cardamom pods
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups milk (2% or whole)
- 8 teaspoons sugar
- Place the cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seeds, peppercorns and cloves into a mortar, then pulverize with a pestle.
- Slice the ginger, pulverize it using a mortar and pestle, remove it from the mortar and set it aside.
- Bring the 2 cups of water to a rolling boil, then add the ginger, spices and tea.
- Allow the ingredients and tea to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the milk and stir into the simmering tea.
- Allow the milk tea to simmer for 8 minutes (keep an eye out for boil-over).
- Add sugar to the tea one teaspoon at a time, stirring after each addition (or, sugar may be added later to the cups, to taste)
- Carefully pour through a strainer into tea glasses or cups, serve, and enjoy!