Step 2: The Boil

Place your small pot on the stove and add one coffee cup (plus a bit extra to account for evaporation) of milk per person.

Prep your spices, depending on which of the spices you plan on using prepare as follows:
- Ginger: Cut the ginger into small pieces (around 1/4in or so) and crush them. You can also heat them a bit in the microwave to help release more of the juices. Then add to the milk.
- Cardamom pods: Crack open the cardamom pods using your method of choice. You only need to crack the pod open to expose the inside of the pod, you don't need to extract the little seeds from it. These little seeds and the inside of the pod are where most of the flavor is. The black cardamom pods can be kind of difficult, while green cardamom is very easy. You can use a mortar and pestle to crack them, just remember you are not trying to turn it into ground cardamom. In lieu of a mortar and pestle, the easiest method is to turn a knife on it side on top of the pods and crack them with your hand. Kind of like breaking garlic cloves. For green cardamom, you can even crack them with your teeth if it will just be you drinking it. Once you have cracked the cardamom add it to the milk.

Slowly heat your milk under low-medium heat until it begins a low boil. This one of those steps where slower is better. If you try to speed things up by using too high of a heat the milk will burn. This is a great tea to fix for your breakfast, I will get up, prep the milk and spices and throw it on the stove before taking a shower. By the time I get out of the shower and back in the kitchen the mixture is boiling properly

Keep in mind you will have some sections where the milk cooks to the bottom of the pan, this is normal. If these sections begin talking on a dark brown or black color, the milk is likely burnt and the taste will show up in the mixture.
One of my favourite chais... but i have to ask. why do on indians call it chai tea?
<p>Because if you don't know Indian - then you don't know that chai means Tea... - Just our ignorance of the Indian language. Therefore if we don't say Chai Tea - no one knows what we are talking about.......</p><p>Hey, I just discovered that chai means tea - so I've been just as ignorant as the rest.</p>
Are you asking, why do no indians call it chai tea? Typically because the word chai in Hindi means tea.
I am indian. I know that it means tea. I'm asking why others call it chai tea since it literally translates into tea tea. (not being rude, it's a genuine doubt)
<p>nobody calls it chai tea in india (just the westerners or the NRI's do)</p><p>we just say chai or tea</p><p>we are not stupid </p><p>by the way not being rude its a genuine answer</p>
<p>nobody calls it chai tea in india (just the westerners or the NRI's do)</p><p>we just say chai or tea</p><p>we are not stupid </p><p>by the way not being rude its a genuine answer</p>
My apologies. I think partly because tea to most westerners is water based. So by calling it chai tea, it denotes that it is the Indian type of tea, though the tea part is redundant. Additionally, the english language, at least in its colloquial form, has no problem with redundancy. Look at how many times you see people refer to ATM machines or use phrases like &quot;Can you repeat that again?&quot;
I believe it is because Chai tea refers to spices infused tea, generally a milk based recipe as well.<br>Is this Marsala tea?<br>
<p>This is awesome! EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you!</p>
So nice! I want some now.
<p>If you wanna try Masala Chai you will need a number of organic ingredients and make it at your home. Or come India (Specially Himalayas) to taste the real masala tea.</p>
Haha Glad you liked it.
I like this recipe but I was wondering, wow much cardamom and ginger do you use per person?
Sorry I should have included that in there.<br><br>Green cardamom: I use 3-5 (you can use more or less depending on taste and the size of the pods). <br>Ginger: I use a chunk around a 1-cm thick 1-inch in diamter.<br><br>And yes I just used metric and imperial measurements in the same sentience. :P
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