How to Make Authentic Indian Masala Chai
- Milk (1 cup)
- Ginger (1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated or 1/2 teaspoon of powdered)
- Cardamom (2 pods, crushed or 1/4 teaspoon of powdered)
- Cloves (2)
- Cinnamon (1-inch piece)
- Tea Leaves (2 teaspoons of black tea leaves)
- Water (1-2 cups, depending on how strong you like your tea)
- Sugar (to taste)
- Heat the Milk: In a pot, bring the milk to a gentle simmer over low to medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
- Add the spices: Add the ginger, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the Tea Leaves: Add the tea leaves and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the Water: Add the water and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If you like your tea extra strong, add an additional cup of water, but keep in mind that it will also dilute the flavor.)
- Add the Sugar: Add the sugar to taste and simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain and Serve: Strain the chilled tea and serve with some extra cardamom and ginger, if desired.
There you have it! Indian masala chai, authentic and delicious. Nothing like a cup of hot tea on a cold day. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!