- four cups of milk
- one teaspoon ground cloves [or about 10 whole cloves]
- one cinnamon stick
- two inch piece of peeled ginger cut into slices*
- 20-25 green cardamom pods
- eight rounded teaspoons sugar
- eight rounded teaspoons of Tea India [loose leaf]
First you must lightly crush the cardamom pods to release their flavor. If you have a mortar and pestle you may use that. I use a ziploc bag and a hammer. :] I place the cardamom pods in the bag, zip it shut, place it on the floor and lightly smash the bag with the hammer until the pods look like this:
In a large pot combine the milk, water, ground cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, and crushed cardamom pods.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower it to a simmer. Let it simmer for five minutes.
Turn off the heat and add in the sugar and Tea India. Stir to combine.
Let it steep for ten minutes.
Strain and serve.
*I like lots of ginger, you can change the spices to your liking. My mom makes Chai without cinnamon because my dad doesn't like it, so feel free to change it up. Cardamom is a must though, it's what gives the Chai it's special flavor.