Homemade Chai Tea


Homemade Chai Tea



Have you ever had homemade chai tea? It’s delicious and if you’ve never had it now’s the time to get out a pot and get it going. This month members of  the Recipe ReDux group are blogging about a healthy beverage. I love chai! But I’ve been pretty lazy and have just been buying the prepackaged tea bag versions from Tazo or Trader’s Joe’s. They are both good but they are not as good as homemade chai tea.

I guess you could say that I really started liking it last summer while I was in Barcelona for a few days.  A friend of ours from the city took us on a fantastic walking tour all over town. She talked to us about the architecture, politics, food and so on. Isn’t it great when you can see a place with a person who lives there? You get to learn little details that you’d never learn on your own. Anyway, it was a hot afternoon and when we were good and tired she took us to a small tea room. It was my first experience of going to a tea room and it was also my first time to drink homemade chai, and they were both great first time experiences. I will visit a tea room again, and as you can see, I am drinking chai again.

Being inquisitive, I asked the tea maker what she put in the tea and she said there are six ingredients: black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, black peppercorns, fresh ginger, and star anise. I later learned that there are many variations of chai and in India they make if different from city to city.  But these combined 6 ingredients tasted very good to me so that’s what I’m sticking with for now. Later on I might try adding a quarter stick of vanilla and some orange peel—experimentation is always fun. And you can adjust the spices as you like. You don’t like cardamom? Use less of that and more of something else. It’s all good. Make it to suit your own taste.

Resources: Food Network and Chai-tea.org

Homemade Chai Tea

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: About 7 cups

About 1 cup

Homemade Chai Tea


  • 10 cardomom pods
  • 1 large stick cinnamon
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into quarters through the cross grain
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 3 star anise
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons black tea, or 7 teabags
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup milk, soymilk, or other type of milk
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste


  1. Place the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, and star anise into a pot with 7 cups of water. Bring it to a boil and allow it to boil gently for 5 minutes. After this time cover the pot and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tea and bring the mix to a boil. When it reaches a boil turn down the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea and then add the milk. Add the honey or agave to taste.

Homemade Chai Tea 2

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7 comments to Homemade Chai Tea

  • Yum! Chai is one of my favorite tea flavors!

  • I love Chai tea and I’ve always wondered what the spice combo is that makes it taste and smell so delicious! Can’t wait to try this. :)

  • Cisslan

    I tried this recipe this morning and it was delicious!! I followed it as written with the exception of using 12 cloves in place of the star anise – I love the spicy orangey smell and flavour of cloves :)! I also divided the liquid between two pans when it was time to add the tea, and added black tea to one and roiboos tea to the other, and both worked great. Really pleased to have found this recipe – it’s a perfect treat on a weekend morning when you have the time to make something special for yourself :) – thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hi Cecilia,
      Boy you are a fast worker. I usually sit on a new recipe for at least a week before I get around to making it. I think you roiboos chai sounds delicious. I’m not fond of rioboos by itself but I can imagine that it would make a delightful chai tea. Chai tea does seem to make you feel like you’re doing something special for yourself, doesn’t it?

  • I’ve never been to Barcelona, and would dearly love to go sometime. How great to have someone to show you around! And how great this this tea?! Terrific recipe — thanks so much.

  • Yeah, I agree with you that in India the making of tea is changing form one in another city. I like tea so much and I can’t imagine my day without a cup of tea. We Indians generally prefer tea over the coffee and you can see it everyone homes. But I’ll try this recipe for sure, may be it taste different.

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