Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
To make the best chai, whenever possible, start with whole spices and grind them yourself. This also saves money because you’ll have a bunch of chai spice mixture to make tons of chai whenever you want.
- 8 cardamom seeds
- 8 cloves
- 4 black peppercorns
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1 in ginger fresh and sliced
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 bags black tea such as Darjeeling
- 8 tsp. sugar or more, to taste
- Place the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns in spice grinder (or use a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet).
- Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste.