How to Make Homemade Chai

December 19, 2018
Chai Tea Latte1

All you need is a pot, a strainer, and a few tea cups you’re good to go. My family has loved this recipe for generations. The subtle mix of flavors are a nod to the British colonization of both Burma and India.

Chai Tea Latte2

If you can’t find cinnamon sticks or cardamom in your local grocery store, try visiting Assad’s Mini Mart on Jupiter street. Feel free to snack on some yummy gulab jamun while brewing this. It makes your entire kitchen smell fragrant and exotic. The recipe is also so easy to follow that it makes for the perfect last-minute treat  for friends or family who spontaneously stop by.

Homemade Chai

Total Time: 15-20 minutes / Yield: 8+ teacups (depending on cup sizes)


  • 1 liter of Full-Cream milk (or soy)
  • 5 tea bags (should be black tea, I use English Breakfast)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 pieces of star anise
  • 6 pieces of cardamom
  • 8 pieces of clove
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Brown sugar or honey for sweetening


  1. Heat the milk up in a large pot.
  2. Remove paper labels from your teabags and dunk them in.
  3. Add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and star anise. Sprinkle the nutmeg over the brew.
  4. Add your brown sugar or honey. Alternatively, you can serve it separately for your guests to add on their own.
  5. Stir, then bring the mix up to a boil.
  6. As the color turns into a light shade of caramel, bring the heat down. By now you won’t be able to stop sniffing the pot, it smells so darn good.
  7. Once the mix has cooled enough, place a strainer over a tea cup or a tea pot and pour. If your chai has developed a silky layer, that’s normal – the strainer will prevent it and the other ingredients from getting into your cups.
  8. You can serve this with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top, or even a cinnamon stick on the side.
Stephanie Ong SEE AUTHOR Stephanie Ong

Stephanie Ong is a freelance writer/bibliophile. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with the Sherlock to her Watson, Lucas. Previously considered a stage four disaster in the kitchen, she now attempts to cook without much fuss – although she still chops at the speed of a turtle stuck in peanut butter. Her favorite things include horror movies, the blues, date night with her man, and breakfast for dinner.

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10 responses to “How to Make Homemade Chai”

  1. sonnythakur says:

    If you pass by assad for your spices, why not get your tea from them as well? It’s cheaper than teabags and easier to control portions.

    • Dette says:

      Because women love homemade

      • sonnythakur says:

        I meant just the tea. Loose leaf is “more homemade” than teabags if that’s your argument 🙂

        • Stephanie says:

          maybe we could indicate to use whatever is accessible to the person at the moment, whether it be looseleaf or tea bads 🙂 i just happened to have loads of excess tea bags 🙂 i’ll pitch a tea party suggestion, that sounds like fun!

  2. sonnythakur says:

    Also, there are different brands of Masala (Spice) mixes available. Some people enjoy pepper and ginger in their chai as well. 🙂

  3. G says:

    Where can you get cardamom and whole cloves? 🙂

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