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How to make Ginger and Spicy Chai at Home

Updated on September 10, 2012

Morning Cup Of Tea

For me, getting up in the morning and drinking a well-made, hot cup of Indian chai while watching the sunrise in our garden is the highlight of my day. Indian chai reminds me of my childhood days in India where the family would wake up at the crack of dawn to drink a warm cup of tea to start the day. Every sip was relaxing and made me feel fresh for the day. As I have learned growing up in a small village in India that chai takes a lot of skill to brew; every individual has a different taste and therefore a different way of making it. The chai has to come out just right for the individual to feel that relaxation when he/she sips it. After all, Indian chai is much more than a hot cup of tea: it is a magical sensation made with a whole lot of care and love.

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Here are two kinds of Indian Chai tea recipes: Ginger Chai Tea(the most common) and a Spicier version of that (my husband’s favorite).

Ginger Chai Tea Recipe:

This is what I usually make on weekdays because it is the fastest but still has that pizzazz from the ginger. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients: crushed fresh ginger, 3 cups filtered or bottle water, 4 tbsp brown sugar, 7-8 basil leaves (optional), 5 Lipton tea bags, creamer or milk.

~Add 3 cups of water into a teapot; let it boil (3-4 minutes)

~Once boiling, add the crushed ginger, basil leaves and sugar (add more of these ingredients according to personal taste)

~let the tea brew in boiling water for 1-2 minutes then turn off stove, add the 5 Lipton tea bags and cover the pot with lid

~After 3 minutes uncover the lid and filter the tea into 3 cups using a tea strainer then add creamer or milk according to taste and VOILA! Eat with your favorite snack! Never drink tea without snack.

Spicy Chai Tea Recipe:

This one is a little longer to make (10 minutes) because it has a healthier twist but the end result is worth the wait!

Ingredients: 3 cups of water, ½ tsp fennel seed, 7-8 basil leaves, 1 tsp fresh ginger crushed or thinly sliced, 2 cloves, 10 fresh mint leaves,1 cardamom, black pepper, 5 spoons of brown sugar, 4 Lipton tea bags and creamer/fat free milk (optional).

~ pour 3 cups of filtered water in a stainless steel vessel and add all the ingredients including (not the milk). Wait for it to boil.

~ Once water boils for 1 minute add the 4 Lipton bags and cover lid turn off the stove. As soon as the tea bags have seeped for 5 minutes with lid covered, pour it in the cups and add creamer or milk. You can skip the milk and drink with lemon also.

"Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants, so it's got two things going for it," said Dr. Carrie Ruxton, nutrition team leader.

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    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thank you so much for dropping by,vespawoolf. Have a great day!

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Chai tea is one of my favorites. Thanks for these interesting recipes. I'll have to get the ingredients!

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks so much, Ar.colton for stopping by and sending the link to your sister. I think you can make it, doses not take much time. May be try some day. Take care.

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      Mikal Smith 

      6 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      I don't know that I have the patience to actually make my own chai but I do LOVE spicy chai tea. Fortunately, my sister works at a great Indian restaurant and has learned to make delicious homemade chai. I'll definitely been sending her this link!

    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thank you Millionaire for visiting and commenting here. I love your hub name "millionare". And my nick name is Milli. LOL!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This sounds delicious. Drinking tea is definitely different from drinking any other beverage. There is a relaxation to it and it's a great way to start the day.

    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Hello Nell Rose, thank you so much for reading the hub. Take care!

    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thank you Living earth. Good to know that you love Masala Chai,really good and healthy. Yum..

    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Om Praramapoonya, Belive me it`s really tasty and healthy. You know the benefit of ginger and basil.

    • urmilashukla23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks for your comment. Good we have something in common. LoL

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Chai is also my first drink in the morning.

      LOVE dunking my parle-G into my chai though :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Sounds delish! Crushed ginger and basil in tea....hmmm yum :)

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      living earth 

      6 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed your hub and I must say I love a good cup of Asian massala chai, which is especially nice on a cold afternoon. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love a cup of tea! these ideas are so different and will make a great change, I often wonder if the English saying 'cup of cha' comes from the Indian Chai? sounds like it doesn't it? great hub, and thanks nell

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