How to make an Indian masala chai used to spice up your old boring tea. This is a fantastic original gift for a loved one during the cold winter months that won't break your wallet.
Step 1: Supplies
8 - 2 inch cinnamon sticks
80 cardamom pods
1 Tbsp peppercorns
1 lg pinch of saffron
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 cup of milk
1 black tea bag in hot water
1 tsp of honey
mortar and pestle
mixing bowl & spoon
Step 2: Cinnamon
Using the mortar and pestle, break down the cinnamon sticks into manageable pieces. Transfer to a small mixing bowl.
Step 3: Cardamom
Again using the mortar and pestle, lightly break open the cardamom shells and remove the seeds from the inside. Don't crush the seeds yet. Transfer to mixing bowl.
Step 4: Cloves, Pepper Yadda Yadda Yadda....
Add the cloves, peppercorns and saffron to the mixing bowl. Stir together.
Step 5: Nutmeg
Take your rasp and grate approximately 2 tsp worth of fresh nutmeg. Mix together then package that baby up. You're done!
Step 6: Let's Brew!
Take one large spoonful of your Masala Chai and either crush it down finely in your mortar and pestle or grind it up in a coffee grinder.
Step 7: Ginger
Cut off a chunk of ginger, peel it and chop it into large chunks. Place the ginger and spices in a pan with the milk and simmer.
Step 8: Tea
Brew your teabag in boiling water. Leaving half to 1/4 of the mug empty. Now pour in the fragrant milk. Add a spoonful of honey and drink.