2 cups milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cardamom, crushed
4 teaspoons black leaf tea*
2 teaspoons granular black tea**
2 cinnamon sticks
10 black peppercorns
1 inch clove of ginger, smashed with a knife
sugar to taste
*green label tea (ask for it at your local Indian grocery)
** red label tea (ask for it at your local Indian grocery)
In a large saucepan, bring the milk, water, both teas and all of the spices to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until the it coats the back of a spoon. Add sugar (traditionally chai is served rather sweet) and stir. Strain into 4 large mugs.
While I am not a tea fan, my husband and the rest of his family is. We are up in NYC this weekend visiting his parents and sister and he made this for them. His sister is back for a 2 month visit from India, where she has been living the last couple of years. This is as authentic as he can make it- he learned from some Indian coworkers years ago and has been making it ever since! Try and find red and green label tea at your local Indian grocery.