Home-made Masala Chai Tea

Chai

This delicious warming blend of spices is easy to make yourself. The secret is in the use of cardamom ... and for a true masala chai, you have to bring the milk to the boil..

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup water

6 whole green cardamom pods, bruised with mortar and pestle

3 thin slices fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

2 star anise

2 peppercorns (optional)

2 cloves (optional)

1 3/4 cup milk

3 teaspoons loose black tea leaves or 2 tea-bags

Sweetener, to taste (I prefer honey or maple syrup)

Method:

In a small saucepan, combine the water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Add the milk and tea leaves, and simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes. Pour through tea strainer. Sweeten to taste.