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Masala Chai


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon chips
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 whole nutmeg (about 2 teaspoons powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean, chopped fine (1 -­ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract/essence ­ depending how much you like)
  • 4 teaspoons black tea leaves, strong, robust tea works best
  • 8 ounces grade “A” honey


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.

*Note if using a glass pitcher, make sure to thoroughly warm the pitcher before adding hot chai.

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