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. 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.

10 Responses

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

    1. you’re right, sonny 🙂 i have seen some ginger and pepper in different recipes – i’d love to try that sometime! this is just how it is made in my family, though surely there are other more traditional variations people can enjoy 🙂

      1. If pepper hosts a tea party (Hah), I would be more than glad to bring some of our family recipes over.

      2. I’ll bring my British, Aussie, Indian, Chinese, and Spanish family recepies! Sounds like fun!

  2. 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.

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

      2. 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!

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