Authentic Homemade Indian Chai

An actually-authentic Indian Chai tea recipe, as made for me by my lovely Indian mother-in-law. Tea the Indian way is rich and milky, deeply coloured, steaming hot, flavourful and sweet.
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

  • 8 oz water
  • 4 oz whole milk
  • granulated sugar to taste (about 2 heaped teaspoons per serving, traditionally)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of black tea empty out tea bags to make a tablespoon if you don't buy loose leaves

Add any (or all) of the following:

  • 4 cardamom pods smashed with side of a knife
  • small piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 " coin of fresh ginger
  • pinch of fennel seeds about 10 seeds

Instructions

  • Bring water and milk to a simmer with desired spices in a medium saucepan.  Reduce heat to lowest setting and add tea. Steep until tea takes on a deep, pinky-tan colour, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Strain into a cup and stir in sugar to taste.
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