Friday, February 18, 2011

Homemade chai tea

If you’re like me, you love the spicy aroma and complex taste of chai tea. I like to make a huge mug of it and savor it slowly after I’ve finished running errands late on a weekend afternoon. For some of you, perhaps the peppery snap of chai tea makes it the perfect morning drink. Here’s a recipe for making chai tea at home, so you can enjoy it anytime the mood strikes you.

1 Tbsp. fennel seeds
6 cardamom pods
12 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 one-quarter inch long piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
6 black peppercorns
7 c. of water
2 Tbsp. loose Darjeeling tea
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 c. milk

Place water in a medium saucepan and add fennel seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger root, and peppercorns. Boil it for 5 minutes, the remove it from the heat and let it steep for 15 minutes. Add the loose tea, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer it for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer, discard the spices and return the tea mixture to the saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and milk till sufficiently heated, and serve it immediately.


  1. Oh wow.. I love this recipe!! Chai is my favorite herbal tea :)

    Thank you for sharing this.. I can't wait to try it!

  2. Thanks, Kallan! Hope you enjoy it. Let me know how it works out.


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