A parent from my school brought a special treat to me… homemade chai tea! It was warming and delicious, and didn’t need any sweetener to make it tasty. I asked her for the recipe, and she said that there is no recipe. She makes it for herself every morning, and it tastes different every time because the amounts of spices vary.
Soon afterwards, I hosted an end-of-year gathering in the library, so I decided to serve a huge pot of chai tea. I had various sweeteners available, but people seemed to enjoy it as it was. Since you’re probably more interested in making the tea for less than 20 people, a more manageable “recipe” is below. It’s more or less for two servings.
You can experiment with amounts until it tastes the way you like it!
- 2 cups of water
- Black tea (1-2 bags or the equivalent of loose tea)
- 1/2 tsp Tea Masala (find this in an international grocery store)
- Cardamom (grind a few pods with a mortar and pestle)
- Slice of fresh ginger
- Few small slices of fresh lemongrass
- Few mint leaves
- 1 cup of milk
Boil all the ingredients together for a few minutes before adding the milk. Heat the milk briefly to prevent it from boiling over. Enjoy it hot!