Here is the recipe I used, You can adjust things to suit your tastes. THe original recipe called for twice as much sugar, but I think 1/2 cup is perfect. I don't like things super sweet. And I added extra cardamom pods because mine were no longer green more of a grey, not sure how long I have had them
10 green cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fennel seeds
1tsp ground ginger
8 black tea bags(I used decaffeinated so I could drink it before bed, or whenever the hell I feel like it without having to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake)
4 cups of milk
1/2 cup sugar(you can add more or less depending on how sweet you want it. Substitute vanilla sugar to make Vanilla Chai tea)
6 cups of water
First off put your water on the stove to boil. Then put the whole spices in a mortar and pestle.
Once your water starts to boil add crushed spices and ground ginger.
Boil for two minutes.
Add tea bags(remove the paper tags and staples)Boil 1 minute.
Reduce to a simmer, simmer five minutes.
Add milk, return to a boil, watch closely as it might boil over at this point.
Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
Strain and serve hot, store remaining in fridge for up to a week.
Once chilled it also makes a delicious iced tea, just pour over ice.