Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 01, 2022
Chai (rhymes with "pie") is the word for tea in some parts of the world, but in India, it's a spiced milk tea that's becoming more popular in North America. This chai recipe is just as tasty as any coffee-house chai. —Terese Block, Waukesha, Wisconsin


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in milk. Return to a boil; boil for 1 minute, then strain. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour into mugs. Top each with whipped cream, cinnamon and a cinnamon stick if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.