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    Lauren's Masala Chai Concentrate

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    laurenlikesfood's Note:

    I've spent so much money buying cartons of liquid chai concentrate and have tried many times to make it myself. Well, today I researched ruthlessly and this (which I made up on my own) is the concentrate I've been waiting for! Keep in mind everybody has a different masala chai preference and you should adjust it to your liking - I like a little spice, not too sweet, and an overall balance of flavors. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      special note about spices (If you have a bulk foods or Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage kind of grocer nearby, get the spices from the bulk section. They often cost 25% what you'd pay for a jar! My total ingredients expense was around $1.50, not including the milk!).
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      In a medium-large saucepan, bring about 7 cups water to a boil.
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      Meanwhile, add the 6 spices (do not add the tea yet).
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      Once the water/spice mixture is boiling, add the tea.
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      Boil 5 minutes, then remove from heat. (I know you're never supposed to boil tea, but I found this works just fine. If you don't want to boil the tea, just boil the spices for 5 minutes and steep slightly longer.).
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      Stir in the brown sugar (or honey) and vanilla.
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      Steep for 8 minutes, then strain into a glass container.
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      While you wait for it to cool, pour a mug 2/3 full with your chai and add hot milk to the top. (If it isn't spicy or sweet enough, you can still add more spices to steep - just strain the mixture again before storing.) OR for a real treat, use hot evaporated milk (I wouldn't want this every day, because its a little sweeter and creamier than regular milk.).
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      Store in the refrigerator for 7 days (maybe longer, but all chai concentrate containers claim 7 days is best). Note: Normally you'd use 1:1 ratio of chai:milk, but I brew it a little weaker and save $ on milk since I drink so much chai.

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    • on March 27, 2011


      I tried this recipe and it was my first attempt at making my own chai concentrate. I loved it! I like my chai as spicy as possible and this was pretty spicy! I live in a small town so the grocery store has limited selection of spices, but I used ground ginger (instead of fresh/dried ginger) and anise seeds (instead of star anise). One thing I would recommend before you start making this to make sure you have a strainer that catches fine particles! I didn't have anything be a tea ball with a spring that made it snap shut, so I had to hold it open. It hurt my hand and was very tedious! But I still enjoy the chai very much!

      Thanks Lauren!

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    Nutritional Facts for Lauren's Masala Chai Concentrate

    Serving Size: 1 (227 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 67.6
    Calories from Fat 9
    Total Fat 1.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 16.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 1.0 g

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    star anise pods

    black tea leaves

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