Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spiced Chai Recipe-updated

Chai is one of my favorite drinks during the cold months. I first learned I could MAKE it 4 years back when a friend made it for our group in Taiwan. It was heavenly!! I was really missing Chai since they don't sell it at any coffee shop in Taiwan but with a few spices, it can be done right in in the kitchen!

Cardamom is native to India and it is very expensive. I had a hard time finding this but you won't want to make Chai without it! You will need the pods for this recipe. Otherwise, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks should be easy to come by.

UPDATE: a friend told me her way of making Chai is to use GROUND cardamom and even add pumpkin pie spice but you'll need to strain it through a cheese cloth to get rid of the ground spices.

Spiced Chai- serves 6

3 cups water
4 cardamom pods
5 whole cloves

2-3 cinnamon sticks
Bring this to a boil, reduce to medium-high and cover for 8 minutes.

4 black tea bags of your choice
(I cut the stems off and let them float in the water)
Stir occasionally for 5 minutes.

1/4 cup sugar
Stir until dissolved. Adjust heat to LOW.

3 cups milk
stir and heat thoroughly.
Adjust sugar and milk to taste.

A cup of Chai and a pumpkin cookie- a match made in heaven!


  1. so can i ask where you ended up finding the cardamom pods? it sounds amazing. i'd love to try it, but no more pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting for me!:)

  2. i found the cardamom pods at the Lancaster Central Market :) LUV that place!

  3. This sounds so good! It has been so fall-ish and cool these past few days here in SoCal that hot tea is what I've been craving!

    What a fun twist - and can do right at home....

    THANK YOU for stopping by my blog - I've loved reading yours!


  4. Love Chai! I didn't realize the cardamom pods are expensive though. We always buy them in bulk at the Indian markets.

  5. Just bought my decaf black tea! Heading to the stove now to mix it all up!!! Can't wait!

  6. this is one of my favorite drinks... i could use some right now, i think. :)

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