Sipping a restorative cup of masala chai in India is a daily rite of passage. The roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve the tea boiled up with spices, sugar and milk. Despite 'chai' merely meaning 'tea' in Hindi, us Westerners have adopted the term as a short hand for the full masala mix – that is, the unique blend of spices that give chai its delicious aroma. The ingredients are naturally festive, with cinnamon stick and cloves adding a peppy warmth and sweetness. Our India expert at Rickshaw Travel has created an authentic recipe to try at home and added even more Christmassy flavours to give your cup of chai a seasonal kick.