1 star of anise
I stick cinnamon
1/2 Nutmeg (optional)
1/4 black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh root grated ginger
2 tablespoon black tea leaves
6 green cardamom pods
5 cups of water
3 cups full-fat milk (or less)
2 tbsp sugar, or to taste
Peel and grate the ginger, then crush the ginger, cardamom pods, and black pepper.
Add water into a pot and place the spices inside, cover and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
Add water tea leaves, boil for 2 minutes. Then add milk.
I usually reduce the heat and leave the metallic spoon side (if I am leaving the room, this prevents the milk from spilling over).
Add sugar, stir and simmer for another 15 minutes.
Strain into a mug using a sieve.
Full-fat milk gives chai a creamy taste.
You can substitute the whole spices with powdered chai masala.