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Camille Styles

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How to Make the Best Classic Chai

February 15th, 2018

Y’all I’m not gonna lie, I would pick chai over a coffee any day. Not that I drink that much coffee in the first place, but still. For me, chai has always had a special place in my heart. It’s always been much more than just a spicy drink option at the coffee shop, but a way of inviting people in to your home and spending time with those you care about. Whenever my parents friends would come over to the house, even just to drop something off for less than two minutes, one of the first questions was always, “Would you like a cup of chai?”. Obviously that then turned into a two hour conversation and catch up in the living room but that’s beside the point. Bringing out a tray of chai with some biscuits was a way of forging connections and building relationships, finding out what was going on in someone’s life and taking a break from the fast-paced lives everyone is dealing with. Looking back now, I kind of get all wispy and nostalgic about those moments. So since I don’t live at home anymore where a cup of chai was just one ask away, I had to start finding my own formula (or accept dropping $5 at the coffee shop downstairs every time the craving strikes).

classic chai

classic chai

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3/4 – 1 tsp whole peppercorns (depending on your heat preference!)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 3 inches of ginger, chopped or cut into thin rounds
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • 2 1/2 – 3 tbsp honey (depending on your sweetness preference!)
  • 3 tbsp good dried black tea leaves (I prefer loose leaf darjeeling or assam tea leaves)

*this will give you a basic chai recipe, if you prefer more flavor, add extra spices and experiment with what you like!

Instructions

  1. add all of the whole spices to a mortar and pestle and crush into large pieces.
  2. bring a stove top pot up to a low/medium heat. add the crushed spices and toast for about 2 minutes, then add the ginger and continue toasting for another minute until the spices start becoming very aromatic.
  3. add water and milk to the pot. stir and bring up to a light simmer – this should take about 10 or 15 minutes.
  4. remove pot from heat, add the honey and stir to combine. Then add the black tea and stir, let steep for about 10 minutes.
  5. pour the chai through a strainer to catch all of the whole spices.
  6. serve warm or let cool and store in fridge to serve over ice.
  7. enjoy!

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  2. […] Y’all I’m not gonna lie, I would pick chai over a coffee any day. Not that I drink that much coffee in the first place, but still. For me, chai has always had a special place in my heart. It’s always been much more than just a spicy drink option at the coffee shop, but a way of inviting people in to your home and spending time with those you care about. Whenever my parents friends would come over to the house, even just to drop something off for less than two minutes, one of the first questions was always, “Would you like a cup of chai?”. Obviously that then turned into a two hour conversation and catch up in the living room but that’s beside the point. Bringing out a tray of chai with some biscuits was a way of forging connections and building relationships, finding out what was …see the slideshow here […]

  3. I am constantly trying to my perfect my chai at home (and cafes that get it right are few and far between). Thanks for this!

  4. I have genuinely never tried Chai! It’s something I’d definitely love to make now.

    Beckie || The Pale Tails

  5. Just pinned this yummy recipe 🙂 xoxo

  6. Eva says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it out this weekend. I love chai and, depending on my mood, will switch from super sweet to more traditional. I’m not going to lie – I love that sickly sweet Trader Joe’s chai powder in lieu of desert though. There’s a guy in my hometown that makes a “yogic” chai and sells it to all the coffee shops, and it’s pretty good though more on the spicy side.

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

  7. Shubana says:

    I always look forward to warm chai whenever I visit India. I don’t often order it in shops because it’s just not the same thing… your recipe looks pretty authentic. going to have to try it out!

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