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Thank you Dr. Banerjee

Thank you Mr. Banerjee

Chai. I love that I know how to make it as good as when we were all in India. It is not terribly difficult, yet so many people mess it up.

Here is how I learned to do it: start with 1 and 1/4 cups of water in a pot, turn the burner on high, add 1/8th of a cup of sugar, whisk until sugar dissolves. Throw in two bags of black tea. Bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and dispose of them. Remove pot from heat and whisk in 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of masala. Stir and return to heat. Scald mixture, remove from heat and whisk. Now, you are either ready to drink or, if you want to kick up the spice of the masala, repeat the scalding move 1 or 2 more times. Allow chai to cool slightly and drink.

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