My Indian friend introduced me to Chai, after a delicious Indian meal consisting of Alu matar and naan. I had a problem with the pepper, so yogurt was added to the Alu matar to tone it down. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
So I decided to do my own Chai with suggestions from her, and some recipes I found online. I started with the 1 cup measurement.
I have a lactose problem, but did not want to use soy. So I tried evaporated milk. (Don't know yet if it will bother me.) Here is my blend:
3/4 cup water
2 small Cloves
1/2 Cinnamon stick
2 cracked Cardamom pods
1/2 tsp 'Caribbean Dreams' (sweetened) Instant Ginger
Simmer for a few minutes to blend the spices and release the aroma. Then turn the heat off and add two bags of black tea, and let steep for five minutes.
Remove the tea bags, and strain out the spices. Add 1/4 cup of evaporated milk and brown sugar to taste. Add more water, or milk, depending on how creamy you like it. Reheat and remove from the fire just before it boils.
No doubt I can perfect my skills, and blends. But I must say it was delicious!