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How to Make Spiced Chai

A sweet and spicy milk-based tea from India, chai is a tasty alternative to coffee.


  • Step 1: Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, then add the cardamom, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • TIP: Experiment with other spices, such as black peppercorns and star anise, to discover the flavor you prefer.
  • Step 2: Add the tablespoons of black tea to the water. Increase the heat. Once the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for five to eight minutes.
  • TIP: Your spiced chai will be stronger if you leave the black tea and spices in the pan for longer than eight minutes.
  • Step 3: Stir the whole milk and brown sugar into the tea. Increase the heat to medium and cook for five minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Step 4: Pour the hot tea mixture through a strainer over a hot carafe or bowl to prepare the tea for serving.
  • TIP: Leave the tea mixture in the refrigerator for an iced version of spiced chai.
  • Step 5: Carefully pour the strained tea into individual cups or mugs for serving. Drink up!
  • FACT: In India and Pakistan, spiced chai is called "masala chai" or "masala tea" because "masala" means spices.

You Will Need

  • 7 c. Water
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger root
  • 2 cloves
  • A cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Loose leaf black tea (such as Darjeeling)
  • 1 c. Whole milk
  • 6 tbsp. Brown sugar
  • A wooden spoon
  • A large tea strainer
  • And a carafe or large bowl
  • Black peppercorns
  • And star anise

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