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The perfect cup of chai

There is nothing quite like a deliciously exotic cup of home-made chai tea. Originating in India, chai is made with a blend of sweet, aromatic spices. Enjoy it steaming hot on a chilly winter’s evening or pour it over ice for a poolside drink that will transport you to shores of India.


2½ cm ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp peppercorns
2 tea bags / 2 tsp loose-leaf tea (Darjeeling is traditional, but the choice is yours)
1 cup full-cream milk
¼ cup sugar

1. Crush the spices with a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or a rolling pin and plastic bag.
2. Place the spices and 2 cups of water in a pot. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and add the tea. Cover and steep for 3–5 minutes, to reach your desired strength.
4. Add the milk and sugar and reheat to just below boiling point, stirring (dissolve the sugar, but don’t scald the milk).
5. Strain the chai before serving.

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