My Chai Recipe

As requested by @LizDawson! This is one of my favorite recipes and I'm excited to share it!
  2. 1-2 tablespoons (not heaped) of loose leaf black tea
    I use any brand of unflavored black tea sold at Indian stores. How much you use depends on how strong you want it. I use one per mug.
  3. 1 cardamom pod
    More if you want this to be the strong flavor.
  4. 1 small (½ inch or less) piece of a cinnamon stick
    If it's a curled stick and you're unable to uncurl it, go even smaller than ½ inch.
  5. Ginger!
    This is my secret. I like this to be my strongest flavor, but that's a personal choice. I use a lot of fresh ginger, and I don't skin it.
  6. Sugar or sweetener of your choice (measurement depends on how sweet you like it)
  8. Saucepan or teakettle
  9. Tea strainer
  11. Half a mug of water in a kettle/saucepan. Tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger. Place a lid and let it come to a boil.
    I heat the pan on medium so it slowly builds momentum; people often make the mistake of turning it up high because it's technically just water and won't burn. Letting it slowly boil will allow for the tea and the other flavors to infuse really well. Use less ginger if that's not your priority flavor!
  12. After it starts boiling, give it another minute or two. Turn the heat down to low at the end of the two minutes.
  13. Add half a mug of milk to the pan.
    I don't recommend using creamier alternatives like half and half or heavy cream. Milk alternatives like soy milk or almond milk can still be followed with the same measurements.
  14. Add the sweetener and stir. Don't cover it, keep it on low, and let it steam and foam. Once a thin layer of foam forms on the top, take it off the heat.
  15. Use a tea strainer while pouring it into your mug to separate the ingredients from the chai.
  16. NOTES
    Prep time - 3-5 minutes; cook time - 7-10 minutes. This recipe took a lot of testing before I was finally able to find my groove, because I didn't actually start drinking chai till I lived in India for 6 months. It may come a lot easier to others, but if you aren't completely happy with it, it's just because you gotta tweak it here and there, as per your preference. All the photos of the ingredients are for one 12oz. travel mug!