granulated sugarto taste (about 2 heaped teaspoons per serving, traditionally)
1heaping tablespoon of black teaempty out tea bags to make a tablespoon if you don't buy loose leaves
Add any (or all) of the following:
4cardamom podssmashed with side of a knife
small piece of cinnamon stick
1/4" coin of fresh ginger
pinchof fennel seedsabout 10 seeds
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.