Ingredients to make 2 cups of Chai:
1 cup Water
1 cup 2% Milk (or any kind you prefer)
4 bags of Black Tea, or 2 teaspoons of Black Tea Dust
Sugar to Taste
3-4 whole Green Cardamom pods, smashed
1 pinch of Cinnamon
1 pinch of Ginger Powder
1 pinch of Tea Masala (Not necessary but increases flavor and aroma if added – You get this at the Indian Grocery store).
1 pinch of Black Pepper
Note: I add a bit of crushed Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil Leaves) in my tea as it is very soothing for the throat, but most people don’t on a general basis. It is very therapeutic when you have a cold or a cough.
In a pot add the water and the tea bags and the spice mix.
Let it come to a boil.
Add the milk.
If you are using tea dust let the milk come to a boil and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Do not over cook as it will turn bitter.
If you are using tea bags let it come to a boil and simmer for an additional 15-30 minutes (depending on the consistency of your choice, the longer you cook the thicker it gets).
Serve Hot with Cookies or Snacks.
Happy Chai Time 🙂