I fell in love with the Indian method of making chai while in Tamil Nadu, S. India. Every morning and afternoon we’d have assam chai with milk. Enjoyed it even more from the chai wallah’s at the train stations.
I’ve made my own adaptation. I am not very good at measuring so create your own and adjust as necessary. Here are the basic spices you can buy at any natural foods store. I buy in bulk from the freshest place in town.
Assam black loose leaf tea or black tea any kind
Add sugar or jaggery
Pre-blend your spices in a batch. When you’re ready to make you tea, gently using a mortar and pestle grind the spices to open their aromas.
Pause for a moment and take in their healing flavors full of digestive goodness.
For one serving, add 1 generous tablespoon of your spice blend to a pot. Add approximately 2 cups of filtered water. Cover.
Heat on high to boiling point for a few minutes. Then to low simmer for about 5 minutes. Add milk and turn on high for 30 seconds then turn off. Add sweetener of choice.
P.S. You can make this more of a digestive spice blend by adding more black pepper or fennel seeds for example for bloating or calming the digestion especially when eating too many various food combinations over the holidays. Experiment with the spices that you love and work for you.