Feb 18, 2013

Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea Latte

Making a chai latte at home is peanuts, really. Trick is to get the Chai Masala (the spice mix) exactly right. Easier said than done, I know, but I put in the work for you!

And as a result, I’ve been drinking serious amounts of chai latte trying to come up with the perfect mix ever since fonq mailed me these wonderful tea glasses.

I whipped up a chai masala with black pepper as the main ingredient, and it nearly blew me away. That’s a first. Tried one without pepper and it was completely insipid. Tried one with fruit peel and hated every single sip. But finally I got it right. And as much as I loved the one with dry-roasted whole spices that I powdered myself, for this recipe I stuck to my spice cabinet.

This is the one for me: Spicy but not too. Sweet but not too. Just enough of everything.

 

Ingredients:

 

Chai Masala:

1/2 tbsp black pepper
2 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

 

Chai Latte:

1 cup water
1 cup whole milk (it just works best!)
2 tsp Assam loose leaf
1 or 2 tbsp sugar to taste (honey is also delicious)
1 tsp Chai Masala

 

Directions:

* this recipe makes for 2 chai latte

 
It’s dead-simple. Just mix all the ingredients listed under Chai Masala. This mix smells SO crazy good.
Chai Tea Latte

 
Keep in mind that I like a bit of a zing to my tea. This is not so spicy it will make your eyelids sweat, but it’s got a nice little kick to it. If you think you’re going to wuss out on me, tone down the black pepper.
 

I opted for a traditional Assam tea. Ceylon and Darjeeling are great for this as well.
Chai Tea Latte

Combine the water, milk loose tea, sugar and 1 tsp masala in a pan and bring it to a boil.
Chai Tea Latte

There are several ways you can make your chai latte. My preferred method is to bring everything to a boil and slowly let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Chai Tea Latte

Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer and you’re done.
Chai Tea Latte

Chai Latte is just the spiced tea mixed with milk, but I gotta have some frothed milk on top.
Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea Latte
Ingredients
    Chai Masala:

    1/2 tbsp black pepper
    2 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
    1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    1 tbsp ground cardamom
    1/4 tsp ground clove
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

    Chai Latte:

    1 cup water
    1 cup whole milk (it just works best!)
    2 tsp Assam loose leaf
    1 or 2 tbsp sugar to taste (honey is also delicious)
    1 tsp Chai Masala

Directions
    Mix all the ingredients listed under Chai Masala and store it in an air-tight container. I like a bit of zing to my tea, feel free to tone down the black pepper.

    Combine the water, milk loose tea, sugar and 1 tsp masala in a pan and bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes before pouring it through a fine mesh strainer.

    Optionally you add some frothed milk.

Meal type: Drinks
Servings: 2
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    11 Comments »

    1. 1

      Delicious! I’d love to have a cup of this chai this afternoon. It’s cold and windy here so this would be more than perfect.

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Feb 18, 2013 @ 8:08 pm Reply
      1. We’re still having snow and frost here now, can you believe it… I had no idea the Ice Age would start all over again! Longing for spring but until it’s here, at least I have my chai latte to keep me warm :)

        Kay on Feb 19, 2013 @ 9:40 am Reply
    2. 2

      Perfect to keep us all warm in this dreadful and length winter. Brrr!! It’s so chilly just thinking about it :D

      Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on Feb 19, 2013 @ 12:54 pm Reply
    3. 3

      This is seriously really good!  It is the perfect blend of spicy, milk and tea.  What a wonderful treat!  Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

      Marta on Feb 20, 2013 @ 1:57 am Reply
    4. 4

      I’ve just discovered your site and I have to say that all the recipes look delicious (probably due to your gorgeous photography). I’m making myself a chai latte this afternoon!

      Tessa on Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:46 pm Reply
    5. 5

      I make my own chai latte regularly but I’ve never tried it with pepper.  Time to experiment!

      Rhonda on Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:49 pm Reply
      1. Chai with pepper is so good. Let me know what you think!!

        Kay on Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:56 pm Reply
    6. 6

      My god this is good! I love it!

      M on Mar 12, 2013 @ 11:21 am Reply
    7. 7

      This is so good! We’re not big pepper fans so just left it out and it’s delicious!! I’ve tried a few recipes from around the web searching for the best DIY chai latte and this is the best I’ve tried!

      Erin on Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:09 pm Reply
      1. I keep a jar with very little pepper around for kids and a really spicy one for myself. That’s the best part about home-made mixes… you can adjust them to your own liking.

        Kay on Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:27 pm Reply
    8. 8

      Wow, just made a mug of this and it was wonderful!  I love the peppery bite and added a little more pepper and doubled the masala to 2 tsp in my mug and it was just what I’ve been looking for.  I have tried many, many, many other recipes and I’m so glad I found yours!  Thanks for all the work you out into it.  I now have a big jar of the chai masala and I’m thrilled!

      Karinn on Jan 18, 2014 @ 6:06 am Reply

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