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    Traditional Chai Tea

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    17 mins

    2 mins

    15 mins

    Nurse Rain's Note:

    This is a spicy, creamy tea that I make every Christmas. Its more my tradition than the authentic tea. Its tasty and sure to warm you from the inside out. Great for those with a cold or flu... clears your sinuses and settles your tummy.

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    1. 1
      In large saucepan combine first nine ingredients.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil over high heat.
    3. 3
      Reduce heat to low and simmer ten minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat and strain with fine sieve or through coffee filters.
    5. 5
      Return to pot and add honey until melted.
    6. 6
      Add milk and heat through, but do not boil.
    7. 7
      Serve in clear mugs with a pinch of cinnamon on top.
    8. 8
      Merry Christmas!
    9. 9
      You can also store the tea without the honey and milk in the fridge, then just reheat and add milk and honey to taste.
    10. 10
      This is a nice tea to serve with gingerbread or shortbread cookies at gatherings.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 05, 2005


      Chai tea is one of my favorite warm drinks, but so many of them are too sweet and artificial tasting. This chai is a perfect mix of spice and sweet. It is delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is definitely a keeper!!

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    • on March 09, 2014


      I agree, excellent mix of spice and sweet. It smelled like way too much nutmeg as it boiled (I am not a huge fan of nutmeg), but the recipe as is actually turned out amazing! I added the tea bags only in the last 4 minutes of simmering since I usually steep my tea 4 min.

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    • on November 06, 2009


      Wonderful!! Kids have been into my secret, pricy stash of store-bought chai mix & knew I needed to find an easy, cost effective recipe I could make at home. Tried another recipe on zaar today & it just didn't compare! The hint of orange from the tea bag was so unexpected from the traditional chai I've had. Even the kids loved it! (which was the whole idea!) I did use decaf tea since I knew I'd have to share with them (and it was already past their bedtime!) Only problem I had was straining the spices- my coffee filter kept breaking. Next time I may find a pouch/mesh bag to put them in while simmering. Thanks so much for my new "go to" chai recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Chai Tea

    Serving Size: 1 (1193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 117.0
    Calories from Fat 33
    Total Fat 3.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 13.6 mg
    Sodium 51.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 13.9 g
    Protein 3.3 g

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