– 2 cups of water
– 1 cup of milk
– 3 spoons of black tea
– 3 spoons of jaggery/sugar (or honey to taste)
– bay leaf (2 pieces)
– black pepper (4-6 kernels)
– cardamom (4-6 pods)
– clove (4-6 pods)
– ginger (half a thumb size)
Step 1. Take all the spices (including ginger) and grind them nicely, best of all with a stone grinder.
Step 2. Add water into a pot, add bay leaf and ground spice and bring the water to boil.
Step 3. Add tea and jaggery/sugar and boil for a 2-3 minutes.
Step 4. Add milk, bring it to boil, lower the flame and boil for a few more minutes. You can also boil it slightly longer to make the tea thicker.
Step 5. Put your chai in the cups through a strainer.
Enjoy! Masala chai tastes best on a cold rainy day! 🙂
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Title image credit: Barney Moss