Blend black tea with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns to make a cup of Indian-inspired chai – it's sure to liven the senses
- Serves: 2 persons
- 200ml-250ml milk (dairy or other)
- 1-2 tbsp sugar or syrup, like stevia, maple syrup, to taste
- 3green cardamom pods, bashed and husks removed
- ½cinnamon stick
- 3black peppercorns
- ½tsp ground ginger
- 2tsp loose leaf black tea leaves, such as Assam
Step 1For the infusion, put the cardamom seeds in a pestle and mortar, along with the cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns, and bash to release the oils – you don't want to make a powder. Tip into a pan and stir in the ginger and black tea leaves.
Step 2Pour in 400ml water and bring to a very gentle simmer over a low heat, to allow the tea to infuse before it starts to boil. Stir in the milk and sugar or syrup to taste, and remove from the heat. Leave to infuse for 2 mins before straining into mugs.