There are as many ways to make chai as there are families across India, each having their own special method.
Indian Masala Chai
Makes 1 quart / 1 liter / 4 cups 
- 1 inch / 2½ cm cinnamon sticks
- 10 green cardamom pods, crushed
- 3 cloves
- 1 tsp ginger powder or ½ / 1¼ cm freshly grated ginger
- 3 black peppercorns
- 2 cups / 500 ml water
- 8 teaspoons black tea, ideally Indian or Sri Lankan
- 2 cups / 500 ml milk
- 8 teaspoons sugar
- Add the water and spices to a saucepan, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the tea leaves, milk and sugar to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for another 3 - 5 minutes.
- Pour into mugs, straining out the tea leaves and spices.
- Taste and adjust sugar if needed.
The best teas for cha are Assam or English or Irish breakfast-type teas.
- ↑ A Spicy Perspective (Undated) Authentic Indian Chai 
- ↑ Mahesh (1992) Two Ways to Make Indian Tea New Chai Ideas 
- Gascoyne, K. Marchand, F., Desharnais, J., Américi, H. (2014) Tea: History Terroirs Varieties, Ontario, Canada, Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770853195.
- Rosen, D. (1999) Chai: The Spice Tea of India, North Adams, MA, USA, Storey Publishing. ISBN 1580171664.