Masala Chai

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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4 cups water

4 cups whole milk

1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon chips

1 star anise

1 whole nutmeg

1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean, chopped fine

4 teaspoons black tea leaves, strong, robust tea works best

8 ounces grade "A" honey


  1. Bring the water and milk to a boil in a saucepot. Add the remaining ingredients, except honey turn the heat down to a simmer, cover, and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain*. Add honey and mix well. Store in refrigerator. Can be served hot or cold.
  2. *Note if using a glass pitcher, make sure to thoroughly warm the pitcher before adding hot chai.