My mom introduced me to Masala Chai when I was a child. To this day, she drinks it every morning while reading the newspaper. Living away from her I miss the aroma of chai every morning. Here is her chai recipe, all you need is a sieve and a sense of discovery.
Add water, fennel, cinnamon and clove to a deep pan and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 2 – 3 minutes. Add the tea bag to the pan and let it steep. Since the water is boiling, the tea will brew very quickly. Now add milk to the pan and let it brew on low heat. When the color turns to the shade of brown that you prefer then take the pot off the stove. Sieve and serve it with sugar on the side.