Many years ago, we went to India on our honeymoon. Not the typical honeymoon destination but we're backpacking people, not resort people, so India it was. A truly amazing country. I fell in love with the masala chai (spiced tea) that is served everywhere and brought some masala chai powder home. That soon ran out so I started making my own, which is super easy to do.
1/4 cup cinnamon sticks
1/8 cup cloves
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1/4 cup green cardamon pods
6 black cardamon
1/4 cup whole all spice
1 whole nutmeg
1/2 cup dried ginger powder
Dry roast all ingredients, except ginger, for a few minutes in a fry pan. Grind all ingredients in a spice grinder, food processor or mortar & pestle. I use a mortar & pestle as it is close to my heart. Store in an airtight container.
To serve, add 1/4 tsp of masala chai powder to 2 tsp of black tea and bring to boil in 1 cup of water. Add 1 cup of milk and 2 tsp of sugar and bring to boil again. Strain into serving cup and enjoy!
This batch is on its way to Queensland for a very special masala chai fan.