Friday, November 4, 2011

Homemade Chai

Homemade Chai
1 box of loose black tea Ceylon or Orange Pekoe (about 4 or 5 cups)
6 to 8 cinnamon sticks
1 TBSP  whole cloves
2 TBSP whole black peppercorns
3 whole cardamom pods
1/4 cup star anise
12 whole dried orange slices
1 TBSP ginger powder
First step is to grind each of the spices individually (not the tea).   I have a glass jar on my blender as the spices will scratch a plastic jar blender.  I have also used a cheap coffee grinder for grinding my spices.   I usually start with the cinnamon.  I grind it down to....... not as fine as cinnamon powder, a little chunky.  Of course much of it turns to powder but there are still some small chunkys in there.  Put in a large mixing bowl.

Do each spice the same way and individually.

Once you have all your spices in the mixing bowl, add the loose tea.  blend with your hands until it is well mixed.  This is your dry tea blend.

To make a pot of chai, I usually use 1 TBSP per cup of water.
My recipe is for four:
In a saucepan, put 4 cups of water with 4 TBSP of chai mix

Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Strain the liquid chai.

In a large mug, mix two parts chai and one part heated milk. Sweeten to taste.
You can also just add 2 cups of milk to your chai and heat on the stove.

 A heaping TBSP of sweetened condensed milk and liquid chai mixed with milk is tasty too.    Enjoy



  1. I can almost smell all of those lovely spices! Thanks for sharing your wonderful chai recipe at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  2. I make a similar recipe for chai, but I include powdered milk in the tea, so it's a simple "Just add water" mix for gifts. I'll be trying your mix soon!

  3. Like I said, I love chai. This, too would make a really nice gift on it's own, a gift for myself, perhaps??? Pinning this one, too!


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