During the winter months, we commonly search out the tastiest hot drinks that will make us feel warm and cozy. But once you've tired of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, what's there left to drink?
Those who know chai, know that its smell is quite distinguishable. It's a mixture of strong, creamy, smoky and spicy that warms your belly and your heart without even taking a sip. However, in most western countries it is difficult to locate the correct spices to make chai the way the chaiwallahs do, but there are still excellent ways to produce the same warming taste.
Homemade Indian Masala Chai spice mix
While the tea is heating, add about 1/2 teaspoon of the dried chai spice mix (if you opt to use fresh instead of dry ginger, add it now). Once the tea comes to a boil, turn if off briefly or remove the pot from the heat. Then pour in one cup of milk and a bit of sweetener (honey and raw sugar are great). You shouldn't need more than 2 teaspoons.
Place the tea back on the heat and bring it to a boil once again. Stir the tea while it heats, or whisk to give the milk a foamy texture. Turn off the heat and let the tea sit for a minute to finish absorbing all the flavors.To finish, pour the tea into cups using a mesh strainer to keep the loose tea and spices out.
Stir well and savor your creamy and dreamy homemade chai!