Most people have heard of Chai. Its a common drink these days, like Chai latte’s at Starbucks! Or you can buy it from the store, a tea bag with the chai flavor, a simple brew of just added hot water and maybe a little milk and sugar.
The only problem is the name, “Chai Tea”. The correct translation of Chai is actually just tea. It is also known as Indian spiced tea or Masala tea to be precise! So I am going to just refer to it as Chai 🙂
Here is my recipe for an authentic cup of Chai!!!
What you’ll need for 2 cups:
(This recipe can easily be double or tripled, however much you want really!)
2 cups water
1/4 cup milk
1 Tea bag (Black tea. This is very strong tea and has even more caffeine than coffee, so be careful how much you use.)
Tea Masala (you can buy this at any Indian grocery store, or online from amazon)
Sugar in the Raw
In a medium sized saucepan, add water, milk, tea bag and about a 1/4 teaspoon spice mix. I like to add sugar at this point, but my husband sometimes prefers honey so I leave it out. I personally prefer to brew it with the sugar. Now as for the spice mix, a little goes a very, very long way. So if you don’t like it spicy, add less spice.
Bring this to a boil and then reduce to a low temperature and let it simmer. This tea needs to be brewed, so just bringing it to a boil won’t do it. You will need to let it simmer until it becomes a lovely deep peanut butter color. (Be careful though, because there is milk in this tea, it can easily bubble and boil over. It needs to be constantly supervised!)
You will see 2 teabags in this picture. I was doubling this recipe as I like 2 cups instead of just 1, and this recipe makes only 2 serving. Not enough for my husband and I!
When getting ready to serve, I like to use a small tea strainer. The Chai will have a thin film build up on top so when you strain it you can avoid getting any of it in your cup!
This is my personal recipe and may be made differently by others. I would not recommend Chai for children as the caffeine content is very high! Hope you get to try this and bring a little bit of my Indian home into yours!