(the real) Chai Tea

Happy Sunday friends! I hope everyone stays healthy and warm during this cold weather. (Brrr, how is it 32 degree already?)

I have just recovered from the cold in the past week and now am back in the kitchen trying new fall recipes (some of them are coming from my fellow chefs, so stay tuned!)
But first, I’d like to share my warming tea that help kept me going while I was feeling under the weather. Chai tea is originated from India, and the word “chai” is literally means “tea.” This tea is usually consist black tea and combination of spices like ginger, cinnamon, black peppercorn, nutmeg, cloves, cardamon, and star anise. They are served with warm milk and sweetener in some places.
Inspired by my Indian friend who once had made me the best Chai I’ve ever tasted, I made this Chai by infusing spices into boiled water, and without black tea or milk.

All those spices are so delicately infused, and in result, brings a flavorful warming tea you will enjoy. During the day or night!


yield: 1 cup


  • 1teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cardamon pods, crushed
  • whole cloves
  • 1T grated fresh ginger
  • 1 star anise (optional)

– Bring all ingredients is a pot, and fill it with 8 ounces of water.
– Bring the Chai to boil, and turn off the stove.
– Let them steep in the pot for 10 minutes, strain them, and pour over your cup, and enjoy!

Chef’s Note:
– Add sweetener like maple syrup to brings up more flavor to your Chai.

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