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Simplest recipe for Chai Tea

Sally Champe, a veteran traveler who has lived in India, has the simplest at-home chai recipe for Chai Diana has ever tried, thinking it makes a perfect beverage every time.

Sally keeps a can of spice-infused unsweetened condensed milk in the refrigerator; it is at the ready whenever the craving for chai surfaces. She just puts on a tape of Indian music, relaxes, and savors the taste of India. I imagine it would be simply lovely with soy milk (powdered variety  and water) to the same end result

1 14-ounce can unsweetened condensed milk (low-fat or nonfat, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Pour the entire can of milk into a clean, dry jar.

2. Add all the spices and cover tightly with a lid.

3. Place in the refrigerator. The longer it stays refrigerated, the better it gets.

4. To use, stir the mixture, and scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons directly into a cup of very strong, very hot black tea. Ah!

A note: I went to a friends home who is originally from Morocco .She made this lovely tea. It was oh so simple and delicious,using a couple of black tea bags. Add two cardamon pods. Then pour your just about to boil water over the tea bags. We want this tea to be very strong so less water than usual for two bags of tea. Let steep for a long time. In another thermos have boiling water ready. Take out some of this really strong tea ,add honey if you wish and then add some of the boiling water to make the tea to your desired strength. Delicious and all your friends will be in awe at your ingenuity . Cardamon pods can be bought in the bulk section at natural food stores  inexpensively to be used for this tea or to make your own ho-made Chai Tea.

1 3/4 cups

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