Masala chai is full of antioxidant-rich spices such as fennel seeds and cardamom pods, so quench your thirst with this creamy tea latte, the creation of iCarly actor and KewlBites founder Reed Alexander.
3 c. water
1 tbsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. fresh gingerroot, finely grated
15 whole cloves
14 whole allspice
9 whole green cardamom pods
2 pink peppercorns
4 cinnamon sticks
2 bags unflavored, decaffeinated white tea
1/2 c. nonfat skim milk
Honey or other sweetener, to taste, if desired
Foamed nonfat skim milk, for garnish, if desired
Pour water into a medium-sized saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat on the stovetop. Place the fennel seed, cloves, allspice, cardamom and peppercorns into a mortar and lightly crush with a pestle. Add the crushed spice into the simmering water. Add the cinnamon sticks and gingerroot. Stir. Recover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in the white tea leaves. Reduce heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes. Stir in the milk. Remove pot from heat and pour tea through a fine strainer to capture and discard cooked spices and direct liquid into a large teapot or heatproof pitcher, or evenly divided into two serving mugs. Add honey or other sweetener, if desired, and garnish with foamed milk. Serve.
Makes two servings.