Indian chai recipe

Every morning during my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, I went to a small shop by the side of the streets where a local family were brewing the best chai in town. The taste of fresh ginger and cardamom with the combination of black tea and milk give the chai its delicious taste and a creamy consistence. 



Chai is a great alternative or variety to coffee. Black tea has a high caffeine content and its intensity can be increased by its brewing time.

Caffeine content of Coffee and Tea

Beverage Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Coffee Drinks
Brewed generic coffee 8 oz, 240 ml 95
Caffe latte 12 oz, 355 ml 75 – 233
Instant coffee 8 oz 69
Brewed black 8 oz 47
Brewed green 8 oz 24 – 39
Brewed herbal 8 oz 0



Do you know the meaning of chai ?

When I ordered my chai in India in the beginning I always asked for:  “one chai tea please”. The family always smiled at me and later on explained to me that chai stands for tea and therefore I had asked for “tea tea”.

Indian Chai

Serves one large cup

Approximately 1 tsp. black tea, loose leaves, not in a teabag, the amount depends on how strong you want your tea, so you can try different amounts and find your intensity.
10 g fresh grated ginger
3-4 cardamom capsules, roughly grounded with a pestle
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
80 ml milk, if you are lactose intolerant or following a vegan lifestyle you can instead of cow milk, use any plant based milk like soy milk, rice milk, almond milk etc.
250ml hot water


Start boiling water in a water heater.
In a saucepan add the black tea, hot water, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Let it boil for about 1 min.. Add the milk and let it again boil for a while (1-2 min.). Afterwards let your tea cook on low heat for another 2 – 3 min. depending on how strong you like your tea.
With a tea sieve pour your tea into a cup and enjoy.  



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