Chai tea recipe

Posted on: April 6th, 2009 by admin No Comments

(Inspired by Gabrielle) Chai is such a delicious warming drink, as millions of Indians can attest to. There really is no end to the diversity of recipes for making your own chai. Most of them are good, but everyone’s recipe is a little different, you will have to experiment to find your perfect mix of spices. Real chai tastes pretty different to the commercial liquid concentrate or powdered chai you find at most coffee places now too- it’s not usually quite so sweet. Making your own is a real treat.


Basically chai is black tea brewed with selected spices and milk. Each ingredient adds subtle flavor changes and brewing methods vary widely. Feel free to add your variations in comments.

In about 6 cups of water add:

  • 1 tbsp fennel or anise seed
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 12 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4″ ginger root, sliced thin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper corns
  • 2 bay leaves

**Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes and then add:

  • 2 tbsp black assam, darjeeling or orange pekoe leaf tea
  • 4-5 tbsp honey or palm sugar
  • 1 c milk

Let this all simmer for about 10 minutes then strain and serve.

If you can get it, you can also add a little white khas-khas- (round dried seeds) and green dried soanph (not roasted).

**You can just do the first part (not add milk, tea or sugar) and simmer for about 30 minutes or until it reduces by at least 1/2 to 3/4. Once strained, this concentrate can be stored in the fridge and then added bit by bit to a black cup of tea with milk. Also good chilled.

The chai flavor is getting pretty popular for all kind of things now. If you’re game you can substitute chai for milk in cookies, cheesecake, muffins, oatmeal etc.

flickr cc: shabbir siraj

flickr cc: shabbir siraj

Recipe eatpress’ own (with extra information from our friend Vikas)

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