Homemade Chai Recipe
for a tasty and inexpensive chai tea
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 15-20 allspice berries
- 5 cardamom pods
- 15 cloves
- 25 black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoon of dried ginger less if you like it less spicy
- A wee bit of freshly grated nutmeg 1/8 tsp.?
- 6 tablespoons of rooibos tea or 6 rooibos tea bags, or 6 darjeeling tea bags
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Sweetener of choice quantity depending on how sweet you like your chai! I use 1/4 cup sucanant
Using a mortal and pestle, or whatever means necessary, gently crack the spices (excluding the cinnamon sticks and ginger). Then, combine the cracked spices, the cinnamon sticks, the ginger, and 6 cups of filtered water in a pot.
Bring the water to a boil and allow it to slowly simmer for 25 minutes.
Strain the tea to remove all the spice and herb sediment. Add the vanilla. Then, mix in your sweetener.
Store the homemade chai in your refrigerator! Mmm.