DIY Chai Tea

Lots of people enjoy chai tea, but not many know what goes into making some at home. It turns out all you need to make this delicious drink is black tea, whole spices and milk.

Culinary blog Foodista shares a recipe similar to those I've used in the past: add two cups of water to a pan along with green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon. When the water comes to a boil, add two teaspoons of tea leaves, then let them brew in the boiling water for four or five minutes. Reduce to a simmer, then add a cup of milk and two teaspoons of sugar. Let that simmer for a couple of minutes. Turn the heat off and put a lid on your pot, letting the tea sit for two minutes. Strain the tea into your teacups for homemade, flavourful chai.

For full details and exact spice amounts, visit Foodista at the link below. I recommend adding a few pieces of star anise to your spice mix, and I usually use a cheesecloth "sock" to hold the spices when making chai instead of straining the resulting brew; you lose a little bit of the flavour, but it makes for an easier cleanup.

DIY Chai Tea [Foodista]


    'chai tea' is a very funny name. Always wondered who came up with it first. 'Chai' is a Hindi word meaning 'tea'. So the name literally means 'tea tea'...

    Also, adding ginger not only spices up your tea, but is healthy too.

      Chai means tea in Macedonian too. I had an Assyrian friend in high school who confirmed that they too call it chai

        It's true, even in Japanese it's Cha.
        This is one of those things that's been mislabelled one time. It should be called masala chai which translates to spice mix tea.
        There are many recipes but I would also include ginger and nutmeg.

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