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Homemade Chai Concentrate

Homemade Chai Concentrate

Recipe:†Chai From: Honor Fabun at†Plant Based on a Budget

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I love drinking chai, hot or iced, but I donít love paying $4 for it at a coffee shop. Now I make my own concentrate. You neednít shell out for expensive tea Ė I buy large boxes of organic black tea on the cheap at a certain large natural foods store.

This recipe is pretty mild. Feel free to up the spices and add a few black peppercorns if you like your chai extra spicy.

Yield :†6 C. Servings :†12 servings (with added non-dairy milk) Prep Time :†5m Cook Time :†15m Ready In :†25m


  • 6 C. water
  • 2/3 C. sugar (or more/less, to taste)
  • 20 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 15 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger
  • 8 black tea bags


  • Combine water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add tea bags and turn off heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain mixture. To serve, combine one part concentrate with one part non-dairy milk. Serve hot or chilled.
  • Store concentrate in the fridge. It will keep for about one week.

See also: Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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8:35AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Thanks for the inspiration!

3:39AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing! This is very close to authentic chai (which by the way means tea in Hindi) that they make in India :D

11:31AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

Thank you, for Sharing this!

11:42AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Chai; love it! Will have to try this recipe.

10:03AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013


10:12PM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

Wish I liked Chai Tea.

5:33AM PDT on Sep 27, 2013


2:46AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Thank you :)

10:53PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


2:22PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

To Birgit W... 8 tea bags is not much if you're making 12 servings.

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