The most popular hot drink in India and in Indian homes around the world. I have been making this Punjabi Chai (Punjabi Tea) for my husband for almost 39 years. In many Indian households they make this Chai in the morning and afternoon to go with their breakfast and afternoon snacks. The Chai served in the West is very light and not as strong as the ones served in India or Indian homes around the world. Most Indians must have this Chai every day. If not they could not function, just like how some people from the West must have coffee before they can start their day.
Most people here spend a lot of money for this hot drink. I can help you to reduce that cost. It is very easy to make and you will master this in no time. Enjoy!!
2 cups water
8 cups whole or 2% milk, divided
8 black tea teabags or 6 heaped teaspoons loose black tea leave
10 teaspoons raw sugar
8 cardamom pod, open the pod
4 whole cloves
1” long cinnamon stick
Fill the saucepot with water, cardamom seeds and pod, cinnamon stick, cloves and bring to a rolling boil on medium-high heat. Add the teabags or loose tea and immediately reduce the heat to medium. Simmer the tea for 2 minutes or until the water is strong and dark. Slowly add half of the whole/2% milk and gently stir to combine. Then add the rest of the milk and bring to a boil. Do not let the tea mixture overflow. Remove from the heat and sieve the tea mixture into another saucepot.
Discard the tea ingredients mixture. Reheat the masala chai for about 1 minute and add the raw sugar. Stir until the raw sugar dissolved. Pour masala chai mixture into four mugs with equal amount and serve. Masala Chai goes with any sweet or savory appetizers. Enjoy!!