Add saffron to 1 tbsp of warm milk and set aside.
Add water and milk to a pan (milk will boil over, so use a deep enough pan).
Add the whole spices and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Add sugar and tea leaves and bring to another boil. Reduce heat and let the tea leaves soak for 2-3 more minutes.
Remove from heat, add the saffron milk and serve with masala molasses cookies or samosas.