Masala Chai मसाला चाय

As the weather changes and the fall leaves gather, I find myself drinking tea once again.  What I've really been craving is masala chai (which literally means "spiced up tea").   I ordered one from Starbucks the other day, took one sip and threw it out.  It was disgustingly sweet and far from the flavors of the chai I drank in India.  I search high and low for this chai, but alas, I think I must go back to India for it.  Or maybe I can find some at the Ganesh Temple canteen in Queens.

I'd also love some medu vada - tasty fried fritters that you find for sale on the streets in Southern India.
Typical street scene of the men hanging out drinking their chai and chatting.