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best chai tea recipe?

twilight goddess Oct 10, 2010 06:59 PM

I just adore making my own chai, filling up my thermos, and heading out into the chill-tinged fall air. The kitchen smells divine and fall-esque from the warm spices too! Mmmm.

So, I have been playing around with a few different versions of chai, and I would really like to hear your favorites please!

  1. v
    Val Oct 11, 2010 05:08 AM

    Got this recipe from Am. Inst. for Cancer Research newsletter a while back...love it!

    4 green cardamom pods
    4 whole cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    3 or 4 slices fresh ginger root, lightly bruised up with back of knife to help release flavors
    4 to 6 whole black peppercorns
    3 cups water
    2 regular size black tea bags
    3 Tbsp. honey
    1 cup low-fat milk
    In large saucepan, place cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bruised ginger slices, peppercorns and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, keep covered and steep for 15 minutes. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes and then add the honey and milk. Strain and enjoy.

    1. t
      tastesgoodwhatisit Oct 10, 2010 08:04 PM

      If I want to go classic I do cardamon and fresh ginger, which is what we got when we were in India (mmm, Chai wallahs on the train...)

      If I want to go fancy, I do cardamon pods, fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole black peppercorns.

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      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
        twilight goddess Oct 10, 2010 08:17 PM

        Your second version is exactly how I have been making mine, just like that with a little ground fennel seed as well. Aarti (new Food Network Star) calls for star anise in her recipe, which I used as a model. But I went with the fennel seed which I have in the pantry rather than buying the star anise just for one recipe.

        What ratio of spices to each other and to the water/tea, or do you just kind of toss it in without measuring?

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