Indian Spice Chai - Delicious

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Introduction: Indian Spice Chai - Delicious

About: Army Vet. I love learning & being creative.

Once you taste real Indian spiced Chai, it's hard to drink the other versions of it. The stuff that's sold at chain coffee shops tastes nice and sweet but lacks the depth of flavor and spices of the real stuff. I first had Chai in small town in northern Thailand - made by an Indian Thai woman. It was spicy and soothing and a bit sweet - it was unforgettable! I hope you enjoy this version. There are so many ways to make Chai and this is a recipe you can use to modify and create your favorite blend.

Step 1: Preparing the Spices for Chai

Ingredientsfor Spiced Chai (serves 4-6 with small tea cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (or you can use ground ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black peppercorns (or substitute with black pepper)
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • *optional: small piece of a vanilla bean
  • 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar (or white sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons of black tea
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk (you can substitute with other kinds of milk - but whole tastes best)
*A small pot & sieve for straining are also needed.

Step 2: Measure and Prepare for Chai

Take out your ingredients. If you have a mortar and pestle you can take it out and put your cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, vanilla (optional) and star anise in it and bruise them or break them up a bit to release some flavor. You could also  put them in a bag and pound them with a meat tenderizer or whatever you have on hand.

Then, in in small pot bring the water and the pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and star anise to a boil.

Step 3: Finishing It Up

Once that boils, then remove it from the heat and cover it. Let is steep for 5-8 minutes.

Then add the milk and sugar and return the pot to the heat and bring it back to a boil again. Once boiling, remove from the heat and turn the burner off. Now you can add the tea and let it steep for a few minutes.

Once done, you pour it all through a sieve and your tea is done! I hope you enjoy this wonderful spicy Indian Chai.

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    I prefer to make it with out the sugar, but add a little (half tea spoon?) of honey just before drinking. This is one of the most authentic versions I have tasted.

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    Thanks so much Helen. I appreciate that comment. I have changed my ways since I wrote this Instructable and I think using honey would be better - for health reasons and the taste would be excellent. I am amazed at the amount you use though - did you add 1/2 tsp to your individual cup or the small batch? You must like it spicy! :)

    I love chai iv tried all kinds of chai but not this... Im ecsited to try this

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    I hope you like it. :)

    I love it! I have 5 to 7 cups everyday for the last 9 years!

    Brewing tea leaves does not make it stronger,i dont thing so anyway from my experience you need to add more tea to make it stronger. I could go crazy science guy or leave it like this.... Ill go with number 2

    Holllly :), I bet this is delicious . I am addicted to Chai. You have put a great ible :)

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    Thanks so much Tarun!

    Thank you for sharing. I got around to trying this today and it is very nice. I had a friend ask if I needed to go to a specialty store for some of the spices. All of the spices are available at most box box grocery stores. I'd recommend to people to start with 1.5 to 2 tbsp sugar during the brewing the first time and then adjust to taste. I went with the 2 tbsp of sugar and it was still a bit too sweet for me. Thanks again for sharing.

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    Thank you for this tip - when I have a free min. I will update the instructable to recommend that!

    Brewing tea leaves longer does NOT make a stronger tea. It simply releases more tannins and make the tea bitter. If you want stronger tea, add more tea. Other than that the chai blend you have here sounds quite nice.

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    Thanks sydneyhauss!

    been searching for this. you are magical , thanks for sharing

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    No problem - hope you like it!

    My favorite. Here in India, I drink one cup of this tea everyday. :D