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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- 7 cups water
- 2 tablespoons cut dried ginger (chunks, available at health food stores in the bulk spice department) or 1 inch fresh ginger
- 10 -15 whole cloves
- 1/4 star anise pods
- 3 inches cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 tablespoon cardamom seed
- 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1special 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!).
- 2In a medium-large saucepan, bring about 7 cups water to a boil.
- 3Meanwhile, add the 6 spices (do not add the tea yet).
- 4Once the water/spice mixture is boiling, add the tea.
- 5Boil 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.).
- 6Stir in the brown sugar (or honey) and vanilla.
- 7Steep for 8 minutes, then strain into a glass container.
- 8While 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.).
- 9Store 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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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
The following items or measurements are not included:
star anise pods
black tea leaves