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


Caili W.
A. Cailia W4 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration!

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog5 years ago

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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you PlantBasedonaBudget.com, for Sharing this!

Nancy Labadens
Past Member 5 years ago

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

veronika p.
Veronica P5 years ago


B J.
BJ J5 years ago

Wish I liked Chai Tea.

Autumn S.
Autumn S5 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago


Denise Morley
Denise Morley5 years ago

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