Last year, I travelled through Northern India. At almost each corner, there is a booth offering chai (= tea). Apart from regular black tea, there is this very very delicious masala tea, i.e. tea with spices, milk & sugar.
In a town at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains, the owner of the small B&B where we stayed offered me a glimpse into his kitchen. This is where I learnt how to make this masala chai.
Step 1: Ingredients & tools
The typical tea glasses in Northern India are rather small, containing approx 0.5 cups of tea.
This recipe is more making two of these glasses. If you have bigger glasses, you should increase the amount of ingredients accordingly.
1.5 cups of milk (during the cooking you will loose a third of your milk); I'll use 1.5% fat; Indian milk has more fat (6-8%), but they mix with water for making tea; so 1.5% fat should be ok.
1 tea spoon black tea (any black tea will do, e.g. broken Darjeeling)
3 pieces of cinnamon bark
2 inches of fresh ginger
2 capsules of green cardamom
1 table spoon of sugar (adjust the amount to your taste)
a pot & a spoon
a small strainer
2 tea glasses (for 0.5 cups content)