Chai Tea Recipe – Yum!

All this promotion of my latest book, The Hope of Shridula, which is set in India at the time of independence (1946-1947), is making me thirsty for one of my favorite tastes of India:  Chai Tea.

Basically, chai (also called masala) is black tea brewed with spices and milk.  Each ingredient you add changes the flavor in a subtle way. Ask two dozen Indians for the best recipe and you will get three dozen answers.  I’ll give you my favorite, then at the end I’ll add alternative ingredients you can toss in at your discretion.



1 cinnamon stick

12 cloves
1 Tbsp anise seed
6 green cardamom pods, crushed
1/4″ ginger root, sliced thin
1/4 tsp black pepper corns, coarsly cracked

Put 1-1/2 cups of water in saucepan. Add the spices and bring to a boil.

Cover, turn down the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add:

6 Tbsp honey or brown sugar
1 cup milk

Bring the mixture back to a simmer. Add 2 Tbsp of Darjeeling tea.  Cover and turn ff the heat.

After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups.  Serve immediately.


 You might also want to try any of these common additions (but probably not everything all at once!):

2 bay leaves

1/ tsp fennel

1 vanilla bean

Want to settle down with a good book while you sip your Chai Tea?  I would suggest The Hope of Shridula, or book #1 of the series, The Faith of Ashish.  🙂

 “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

~ C.S. Lewis ~


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