Prep 0 mins
Cook 5 mins
Chai IS the lifeblood of India. Served in scant shot glasses from dawn until way past dusk, this beverage is EVERYWHERE you look. It's in little make-shift cafes, sold from chai-wallahs at every bus station, train station and street corner...brewing in every home.
- 2 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 4 cardamom pods, cracked
- 4 black tea bags
- 2 cups light cream
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- Press your fingernail into the cardamom pods to crack them. Bring the water, tea, star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom to a boil.
- Boil for 3-5 minutes until the tea is very dark and has reduced to about 2 cups. Strain and add the sugar. Add the milk and stir until hot.
- Place the (used) cardamom pods in the bottom of the cups for good friends!
- Makes 4 American-sized servings or 12+ Indian-sized servings!