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Chai brewed in a traditional copper pot

Updated on January 26, 2016

Have you ever had chai? I have had it in chain coffee shops but found these were all to calorie loaded and sweet. I was amazed how easy you can make it at home without questionable instant mixes. I got this recipe while talking to an Indian friend who gave me some tips and tricks.

You need a few spices that you can get at an Indian store and tea. Besides that some milk or soy milk if you prefer. Let's start.

Chai ingredients

  • 1 tsp per pint of water Black Tea leaves
  • 1-2 Mint leaf, you may use some peppermint tea
  • 2 green Cardamom pods
  • 1 good pinch garam marsala
  • 1 turn (Pepper mill) fresh ground pepper
  • sugar according to your taste buds
  • about 1 cup milk or soy milk
  • 1 tsp grated ginger, the more you add the spicier it gets
  • 1 pint water

When is my tea ready?

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: depends on your thurst
in the beginning with the cardamom pods and garam marsala still on top. Milk is not added yet.
in the beginning with the cardamom pods and garam marsala still on top. Milk is not added yet.
Milk is added and it boils away.
Milk is added and it boils away.

How to brew it

Start by boiling water, black tea, peppermint leaf or peppermint tea, pepper, sugar, cardamom pods, garam marsala in a tin lined copper pot. Let it boil for a few minutes (2-4) before you add milk or soy milk. Take it off the stove after another minute. Add grated ginger at the end, do not let it boil again.

Pour through a strainer and enjoy!


Add the grated ginger only at the end when your have finished brewing- ginger will result the milk to curdle if you boil it!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Spicy Chai

A thing that I learned....

chai already means spicy tea when translated, no need to call it chai tea


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    • Marion Andernach profile imageAUTHOR

      Marion Andernach 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope you enjoy the tea, let me know how difficult it was to brew for you.

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the instructions, I could find this type of tea here


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