I love Chai, nearly as much as I love a great cafe latte. I have been looking for a good homemade Chai recipe and have tried a couple out. My Chai loving daughters and I love this one:
2 cups water
2 Black Pekoe tea bags
1 inch piece of fresh ginger sliced thinly
1 cinnamon stick (Did you know you can reuse cinnamon sticks? Just rinse after using and sniff. If it still smells of cinnamon, it can be used again.)
5 whole cloves
3 cardamon pods(crack and use the inner seeds, discarding the outer shell)
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg (I use whole nutmeg and a microplane grater)
2-3 tbsps honey (depending on how sweet you want your Chai)
2 cups milk
Bruise the spices to bring out their strongest flavors. Bring water, tea bags and spices to a boil and reduce to low. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in honey and add milk. Return to a simmer. Strain and serve. This recipe will make 3-4 servings.
*Whole spices can be expensive. Karate Kid and I priced cardamon at the local grocery store at $13 for a spice jar. Penzy's spice catalogue is a much less expensive place to purchase spices, especially if you buy in bulk all the spices you might use at once. I read another alternative to buying spices in a grocery store is to try your local health food market.