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A wooden bowl with cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cardamon pods, whole cloves and fresh ginger slices. All the spices you need to make a chai tea latte at home

Homemade Chai Tea

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
After looking at about 4 different recipes that are available online I came up with my own recipe based on the spices I had in my cabinet. After brewing the pot and taking a sip from that warm spicy cup I am so glad I decided to try and come up with a recipe of my own.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 92 kcal


  • Water
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1 ½ cups milk Liquid Coffee Creamer or Half & Half
  • cup Rodelle Vanilla Sugar


  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • ½ whole nutmeg grated
  • 6 pods cardamon crushed
  • tsp ground cinnamon
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  • Assemble spices, crush cardamon pods and break cinnamon sticks in half.
  • Fill pot with water, add all the spices to pot and bring to a boil. Boil at least five minutes. Ten minutes for a stronger spice flavor. I boiled my pot of spices for about seven minutes and it had a very nice spicy flavor. Some chai teas are way too spicy for me but seven minutes gave me a nice mellow spice flavor, not over powering.
  • Add tea bags to pot of water and spices. Steep tea 8 - 10 minutes and remove tea bags. Tea gets very bitter if steeped too long.
  • While tea steeps warm your dairy of choice in a small pot until bubbles form along the inside edges of the pot. Remove from heat and whisk until foamy.
  • Remove tea bags and pour tea/spice mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a warmed tea pot.
  • Fill tea cup half way to ¾ full with chai tea and top off with your warmed milk, liquid creamer or half and half.
  • Dollop whipped cream on top and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg
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