Chai Latte or Masala Chai, as it is called in India, has its roots in the ancient tradition of Ayuverda that has used its health promoting spices and antioxidants for thousands of years to support general health and to treat various ailments. It is typically a mix of tea, milk and various spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, anis, cloves and pepper. To bring out the spices either sugar or honey is used to sweeten. Each family in India seems to have their very own recipe for Masala Chai.
My recipe is made with milk only as I like the smooth and rich texture – some make it with a combination of water and milk instead. It is very easy to make your own individual Chai Latte by adding different spices or just by adding a little bit more of your favourite spices. I tend to use cinnamon, aniseed, cardamon pods, whole black peppercorns and loose leaf Assam tea.
To make Chai Latte just add 2 cups of milk into a pot, add 1 cinnamon stick (or 1tsp. cinnamon powder), 2 aniseed, 5 cardamon pods and 5 whole black peppercorns as well as 2 cloves and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer for about 5 minutes before you add 1 tbsp of loose leaf Assam tea. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes and sweeten with either honey or Demerara sugar.
Strain and serve with milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
- 2 aniseed
- 5 cardamon pods
- 5 whole black peppercorns
- 2 cloves
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. whole leaf Assam tea
- Add 2 cups of milk to a pot
- Add 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp. cinnamon powder, 2 aniseed, 5 cardamon pods and 5 whole black peppercorns as well as 2 cloves and a pinch of nutmeg.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes
- Add 1 tbsp. of loose leaf Assam tea and simmer for another 2-3 minutes
- Strain and serve with milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder if you like.