Chai (East African Tea)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by mel johnson

Real tea recipe from East Africa. So much better than packaged tea! And so easy to make.

Top Review by Bonn Amie

I learned to enjoy tea when I first had it this way in East Africa. This is the only way I drink my tea! If I only want to make one cup, I put a tea bag and 1 tsp of sugar into a big mug. Then I pour boiling (just boiled) water over the tea bag and sugar to fill the mug about 2/3 - 3/4 full, and fill the rest with milk heated in the microwave. Let the tea sit for at least 5 minutes. That being said, I do think it tastes better when you make a full pot. And yes, the quality of the tea makes all the difference and I'm lucky enough to get my tea directly from Kenya!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups water
  • 7 teaspoons tea leaves
  • 6 cups milk
  • 10 -15 teaspoons sugar


  1. Heat together water and tea leaves in a 3 to 4 quart saucepan.
  2. Boil 10 minutes. Add milk and heat to near boiling. Strain leaves. Add sugar to taste.

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