Step 1: Tools and Materials
The MOST important thing isn't what is on this list, but what is NOT on this list. Resist the urge to through all the spices in your spice cabinet into this tea (i.e., no nutmeg, cinnamon, lemongrass, cloves, allspice, etc.) Of course after you've had the authentic chai experience, go ahead... but I strongly suggest you make it simply at least once to see how good it is.
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 6-7 cardamom pods (I suggest buying these in bulk at your local health food store)
- 4 teaspoons of CTC leaf indian tea
- something to strain the tea with
Step 2: The Boil
Cut the tips off of the cardamom pods and open them up. Put the inside of the pods into the pot and discard the hard outer casing on the pods. Flavorful pods are very dark... if you have a bunch which are dried out and light brown, you may have to add more pods to really taste the cardamom.
Stir this mixture to dissolve the sugar, and bring it to a boil. Be careful because it really likes to boil over. It's ok if it does a little bit, I'm convinced it makes the tea more authentic. :)
Step 3: The Tea
After adding the tea, you boil it for several minutes until it gets that "chai color" as shown below.
Step 4: Strain and Serve
I use a little tea strainer, but you could also use cheesecloth.
Close your eyes, and enjoy a taste of India!