Every day I cringe as I watch my co-workers order their "Chai Soy Lattes" and other Chai-wannabes from a certain coffee shop chain that shall remain nameless (Starbucks!). So today I decided I would take them a carafe of my Authentic Chai Masala! Now there are about as many variations of Chai as there are languages in India! But this one is my absolute favorite because it consists of the only 2 spices that I consider to be the heart of any real Chai Masala : cardamom & fresh ginger!
Authentic Chai Masala (Spiced Tea):
Makes 2-4 cups
1 Tablespoon Black Loose Leaf Tea (-or- 2 Teabags of Black Tea)
1 Tablespoon Roughly Chopped Fresh Ginger Root
8-10 Cardamom Pods (Crush to release flavor)
2 Cups Water
2 Cups Milk (Whole Milk is best)
Sugar to taste (I recommend 4 Tablespoons, for more authentic tasting Chai Masala)
In a medium pot add Milk, Water, Copped Ginger, Black Loose Leaf Tea and Cardamom Pods. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Stir in sugar to taste. Take off heat and strain chai into mugs.
PS- If you're looking to experiment, I suggest trying the following spices: Black Pepper Corn, Fennel, Clove or Cinnamon. Oh, and if you're feeling a bit naughty, I highly recommend that you take a look at the spiked version of this recipe on my Cocktail & Fashion blog, Fashionably Bombed.