I think this is a great starting point for trying some different modifications. I suggest using all milk (total 3.5 cups) and steeped everything in that for a creamier experience that less resembles just black tea with milk. Also, like this it becomes a one step process -- everything goes in the pot together, just put on high heat and then pull the pot off as soon as you notice a slight boil. Stir near continuously. Steep time is similar. Also doubled the cardamom and peppercorn and added a little anise and a 3-4 coffee beans. Used a coffee grinder to break everything up. Used a potent loose leaf Assam.
Brilliant! A quick suggestion - using coarsely powdered dry (dehydrated) ginger instead of fresh ginger would impart a very wholesome spicy flavour. Magically clears blocked sinuses and soothes the throat as well. <br/>Replace 1/4 tsp fresh ginger with 1/8 tsp (or a pinch) of dry ginger.
Very nice indeed, nice spiciness to it. Next batch I'll try with honey. Thanks for sharing.
This is a perfect base recipe! I had to use cardamom seeds as opposed to pods so I guessed at how many and used 16 (I looked online and saw that a pod can have 8-12 seeds). I love cardamom and that was a good amount for me. I think next time I will increase the ginger and/or pepper since a like a little more bite. I also used 4 tea bags in place of the loose tea and that seemed to work well. I've been searching for a good chia tea recipe. Thanks, Sharon123 for posting!
I admit up front I don't love hot tea. But I LOVE this tea! Spicy and just barely sweet with a depth of flavor and creaminess I've never tasted before in tea. DH loved it too. I made coffe too (just in case) but we both liked the tea more today. I also got to use the mortar/pestle I got for Christmas and that was a fun bonus. Worth making just to make the house smell so good! Made for ZWT6 by a fellow Looney Spoon.
Delicious chai. Exactly what I think chai should taste like. I added a star anise just because I had some but I don't think it needs it, and used dark brown sugar instead of granulated. I used rice dream for the milk because we are dairy free but had a problem that after boiling it, it began to separate for some reason so the next time I added the rice milk after all the simmering was done and it was perfect. I will definitely make this again.
5 decadent, aromatic, Chai-spiced stars all the way! I think I will make a batch of the mix for whenever I need a super Chai fix. Thanks so much! UPDATE: I just have to say how much I have come to LOVE this tea. A big steaming cup of this makes me forget the existence of lattes (a huge achievement for any cup of tea!). Thanks again Sharon!
Lovely authentic spicy chai recipe. We didn't use any black tea, replaced the sugar with splenda, left out the ground ginger, water and milk. I increased the servings 15-fold, and have it stored in a jar with a vanilla pod. We have this mixed with milk most nights before sleeping. Sometimes I also add fresh grated ginger, and strain before serving.
This is a delightful chai!! Very delicious and easy to make. I multiplied it by 7 to make for a group and it was a big hit. I've made it a couple of times now and must confess once I was in a hurry and missed adding in the ginger and pepper and didn't realize till later, as it was still very good, just slightly different in flavor. I did use green cardamom pods. Wonderful, thank you, Sharon123!!
This was a really nice chai. I used six peppercorns and soy milk instead of regular. Next time I think I will use fresh ginger too and add some star anise. All in all this was a good chai that I will make again. Thanks for posting!