2 cups milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons cardamom, crushed
4 teaspoons black leaf tea*
2 teaspoons granular black tea**
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cloves
10 black peppercorns
1 inch clove of ginger, smashed with a knife
sugar to taste

*green label tea (ask for it at your local Indian grocery)
** red label tea (ask for it at your local Indian grocery)

In a large saucepan, bring the milk, water, both teas and all of the spices to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until the it coats the back of a spoon. Add sugar (traditionally chai is served rather sweet) and stir. Strain into 4 large mugs.

My thoughts:

While I am not a tea fan, my husband and the rest of his family is. We are up in NYC this weekend visiting his parents and sister and he made this for them. His sister is back for a 2 month visit from India, where she has been living the last couple of years. This is as authentic as he can make it- he learned from some Indian coworkers years ago and has been making it ever since! Try and find red and green label tea at your local Indian grocery.

This is also for Ivonne’s Dishes of Comfort-it may not be my top comfort food, but it certainly is one of my sister-in-law’s favorites.


  1. I’m a big fan of chai tea, I like the spiciness, but have never made it myself.

  2. This looks good! When I make it, I put a little vanilla in it and sometimes use rooibos instead of black tea (but I know it’s not terrible ‘authentic’ that way).

  3. I had chai tea in my hotel room on a recent trip to Colorado. It was nowhere near as authentic and lovely as your creation. Just a bag and some hot water.

    But as I wrapped my fingers around the hotel-issued mug, I thought that this was a nice way to feel like I was back at home.

    Your blog’s making me hungry – in a good way. Can’t wait to come back to read more.

  4. Chai is such a comfort for true getting the right blend is the key. Thnx for this authentic post.

  5. How did you know that I was craving chai tea???!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe!

  6. I’m a big chai freak and even blogged about it not too long ago. Thank you for giving me another recipe to try, this one sounds great! 🙂

  7. I love chai and this recipe looks delishish!! Thanks!