We need a chai thread! There's so many ways to make it and I'd like to see everyone else's methods.. that is, if you're willing to share your secret recipes
The way I am making it now is the same way my friend's mom made it back in Delhi. It's quite easy. For one person:
Fill small saucepan with 1/2 mug water. Throw in a pinch of fennel. (no more than 10 seeds)
Bring water to boil.
Add 1 measuring teaspoon black tea leaves and 5-6 cardamom pods.
Turn heat to medium-high or medium and let steep 3-5 minutes.
Add 1/2 mug milk
Let steep an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low. do not burn the tea!
Take off fire, strain and serve with Parle-G biscuits, nuts, or whatever your favorite tea snack is. I take about a teaspoon of sugar, and prefer the Whole Foods vegan cane sugar for its taste.
I also sometimes make ginger tea (strong ginger negates need for sugar!) and at other times just use the tea masala I bought at FabIndia
Who else has a good recipe?