6 teaspoons loose Darjeeling tea 10 to 12 cardamom pods, split but not open 10 to 12 cloves 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar 4 cups water 2 cups whole milk
Add tea, cardamom and cloves to boiling water and continue rolling boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat slightly and add milk. Stir and heat for another 3 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Turn off heat and pour tea through a strainer into warm cups. Serves 6
Debra Ginsberg is the author of "Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress" (HarperCollins). She lives in San Diego.