Is there a home in India that doesn't start its morning with a steaming cup of kadak chai? Or have it after dopeher ka siesta? This is my mother's recipe for masala chai. You can easily multiply the ingredients to make your monthly stash. Masala Chai goes great with paranthas, aloo tikki, samose or mithai. The peppercorns and cinnamon are great for the throat and stomach.
To this basic masala mixture, you can add 1/2 inch piece of ginger to make the famous North Indian 'Adrak Ki Chai' or add Tulsi (Holy Basil) to make a child-friendly, soothing drink for coughs, colds or upset tummies or add ajwain in winters to 'heat' the body.