Masala Chai is an Indian tea infused with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
Combine the milk with the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
*Note: For a non-dairy Chai, use either almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk instead of regular milk.
Add the cloves,cardamom pods,star anise, orange peel, cinnamon stick, sugar, black pepper and ginger. Whisk everything together and bring to a slight boil. Lower the heat and cook at a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes.
Raise the heat and return to a boil. Immediately add the teabags and turn off the heat. Allow to steep for about 2 or 3 minutes. Once steeped, strain and serve.
This tea is a great pick-me-up any time of the day or is even a nice way to finish a meal.
Chai will keep for quite a few days in the refrigerator and is also great served cold over ice.
Most people that have tried Chai tend to have a preference as to how they like it. Feel free to play around with the spices to find the right blend for you.