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Homemade Masala Chai


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Homemade Masala Chai





4 whole cloves
2 pods cardamom
1 stick cinnamon, broken into pieces
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar or honey
2 tablespoons (4 tea bags) Assam black tea


• Using a mortar, crush cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. Transfer crushed spices to a small saucepan; add water, ginger, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 5 minutes.
• Add milk and sugar (or honey), and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and add dry tea. Cover, and let steep for 5 minutes.
• Stir the masala chai, and strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups.


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