Authentic Indian Chai
2 ¼ cups water
1 whole star anise
1 stick cinnamon
4 cardamom pods, cracked
4-5 black tea bags, or ¼ cup loose black tea
2 cups milk – almond, soy, rice
¼ cup coconut sugar
Press the cardamom pods until they crack. Bring the water, tea, star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom to a boil.
Boil for 3-5 minutes until the tea is black and has reduced to about 2 cups. Strain and add the sugar. Add the milk and stir until hot.
Place the used cardamom pods in the bottom of the cups for good friends.
Recipe Adapted from A Spicy Perspective, found here