1 ½ tsp
loose black tea
fresh ginger (grated)
Sugar, to taste
The secret to feeling centered on a Monday morning is not yoga but this chai recipe. Using only six basic ingredients, this transformative drink accompanies me to daytime meetings, early morning flights, and dimly lit movie halls in a tumbler.
- In a pot, bring water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat.
- Add the black tea leaves, ginger, and chai masala and allow it to come to a gentle boil. This should take about 1 minute.
- Add the milk and boil it for 3 to 4 minutes further over a low flame.
- Take it off the flame, strain, and serve hot.
- Stir in sugar as needed.
Sonal Ved is a Mumbai-based cooking show host and the author of Tiffin and Whose Samosa Is It Anyway? She writes extensively about Indian cuisine for publications such as The Guardian, Saveur Magazine, Food52 and Thrillist.