Sweeten up your afternoon with a cup of chai. Stash this mix in your cupboard for a quick made-to-order cup
- 5 Tablespoons Cardamom Pods
- 2 Tablespoons Whole Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
- 8 sticks Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoons Black Peppercorns
- 2 whole Star Anise
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
Combine all of the ingredients except the ginger in a bowl and crush coarsely in a mortar in manageable batches. If you don’t have a mortar, use a rolling pin, or even easier, pulse briefly in a coffee grinder. Just don’t overdo it—you want pieces, not powder. Stir in the ground ginger and store in an airtight jar.
For one cup of chai: combine 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon chai mix, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar in a Pyrex measuring cup and nuke in the microwave for about 30 seconds, until hot. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes while you brew the tea. Fill a mug halfway with the tea, and strain the infused milk into the cup. Adjust the amounts of milk and sugar to your preference. Can also be served over ice.