Masala Chai

"Morning and afternoon tea are elaborate rituals around which all schedules rotate and all meaningful work comes to a standstill." - Kept: An American Househusband in India


  • 11/2 cups water
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp black tea


Simmer water with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon ten minutes. Stir in milk, sugar and tea. Cover, turn off heat and let stand for two minutes. Strain into small cups and enjoy.