Chai is Hindi for “tea”. Thanks to Starbucks, though, the word “chai” has become synonymous with what is known in India as masala (“spiced”) chai.
The recipe that follows is for masala chai. I learned it from my wife (you can read the full account at Born Hungry), and have perfected it over the last couple of years. It takes less that ten minutes to prepare, and delivers one of the most refreshing drinks in existence.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Try it yourself.
Ingredients & Utensils
Before we begin, here's what you'll need to make two full-ish coffee mugs of tea—
1.5 cup water, 1 cup whole milk, 5 cardamoms, 15 peppercorns, 1 stick of cinnamon, 5 cloves, 2.5 teaspoons black tea powder (aka, loose leaf tea, like Lipton), sugar, spice grinder, strainer, measuring cup, and cooking pot.