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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.