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Homemade Chai Tea Recipe

Homemade Chai Tea Recipe

By Lauren Howland, Planet Green

I love drinking chai and have gotten into a bad habit of stopping at Starbucks on my way out to grab one. Although having something made on the run can be convenient, it leaves out the fun of learning to make something new, and also making it exactly how you want it (less sweetened, more spice, etc). The fun part is trying and tasting different mixtures of spice to find the perfect blend for your pallet. And, if you have extra, you can put it in the fridge and enjoy it on ice later on.

For at home chai follow these simple steps:

-Loose black tea or a few tea bags
-Fresh Ginger
-Clove or Cinnamon sticks
-Cardamom seeds
-Sugar or alternative sweetener

I like my chai to be pretty milky. So usually, I take a small boiling pot and fill it with 2 cups milk, or a milk alternative (I’ve tried with unsweetened coconut milk and almond milk and both work well), and one cup water. Traditionally, milk, water and black tea are boiled together. But, milk can be added after or not used at all.

1.First Let the milk and water come to a slow boil

2.Turn down the heat to a simmer and add:
-1 small piece of ginger, chopped up into small pieces
-5-7 crushed, or opened, cardamom seeds
-2 cinnamon sticks broken up, or a few pieces of clove.
-2-3 black tea bags or approximately 6 teaspoons of loose black tea (If you like stronger tea add more).

3. Let the mixture brew for about 30 seconds to a minute (longer if you want stronger flavors) and then remove it from the heat. Allow time to cool and the flavors to blend.

If you like your tea sweet, then add sugar or an alternative sweetener to taste. Enjoy!

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4:14PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks I enjoy this tea every now and then and enjoy making my own fresh foods because that way I know what's in it and it's been made with respect and love.

9:58AM PDT on May 26, 2012


5:58AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you

3:28PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011


7:29PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Wow I LOVE chai tea, its best from pei wei.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

masala tea

12:38PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

masala tea

11:44AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

yum i ilove chai tea

3:33AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

i wil try that, thanks!

1:15PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

same ingredients but the method i was taught is different. to get more flavour:- boil grated old ginger in water. turn down heat, put in tea leaves and let simmer for two minutes. turn off heat and then stir in frothy hot milk and sugar(or sweetened condensed is nice too) to desired taste with cinnamon and cardamon seeds. place on a heating place until serving. cinnamon powder is ok too but it's concentrated so add to yr desired amount. a good chai tea has a balance of heat from the ginger; scent from the cinnamon and cardamon seeds to help cut the milkiness of the drink. loose black tea is best!

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