Masala Chai is a hot, sweet, spiced tea that is very common in India. Depending on the spices used it can be very warming and is wonderful to drink on cold, grey winter days.
After experimenting with various spice blends, this has become my favorite recipe.
Lightly crush cardamom pods, cinnamon quill and peppercorns in a mortar and add to water along with lightly crushed ginger, whole cloves, fennel seeds and ajwain.
Bring to boil and simmer for a few minutes
Remove from heat and let the spices infuse their flavour for about 5 minutes
Return to heat, add tea leaves and bring back to the boil and simmer for one minute (depending on how strong a tea flavour you prefer)
Add milk and sugar and bring to boil.
Remove from heat and chai is ready, strain in to a warmed teapot or directly in to cups.
Chai recipes vary from person to person, so don't be afraid to experiment and find the blend that suits you.