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Chai Tea


Chai Tea

Fragrant Chai Tea

S. Wongkaew

Chai tea is becoming increasingly popular in cafes around the world.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, chai is made from brewing black tea leaves with a mixture of aromatic spices. In this case, cardamom, cinnamon and fennel seeds.

The amount of sugar you add is optional however I love my chai hot and sweet.


  • 4 tsp black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 6 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 5 1/2 cups of water
  • Sugar to taste (I use 1/4 cup)


  1. Break cinnamon stick in half. Add to saucepan with fennel seeds and cardamom pods.
  2. Add water to the saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat.
  3. Add tea and keep boiling for 1 minute.
  4. Add milk and bring to the boil again. Add sugar to taste. I usually add 1/4 cup of sugar and maybe a tablespoon more. Stir well.
  5. Strain tea into a metal bowl or jug and then strain again. Serve in heatproof glasses or cups.
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