April 23, 2003
Here's a homemade version of the classic Indian comfort drink. It's a tasty blend of tea with spices and milk.
one 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
10 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
6 cups cold water
6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup (packed) golden-brown sugar
Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan. Using mallet or back of large spoon, lightly crush or bruise spices.
Add 6 cups water; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan and simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add milk and sugar.
Bring tea just to simmer over high heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Strain chai into teapot and serve hot.--From "Bon Appetit" magazine