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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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 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.

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  • Melissa
    Apr 4, 2018

    Excellent! I only had ground cardamom so I used 1/4 tsp. My whole family loved this. I am sure I will be making this again and again.

  • ms.b.
    Oct 2, 2013

    I make this recipe many many times throughout the cooler months. However, I've altered it some. I buy all ground spices except for the cloves...put all the spices in a coffee filter and tie the filter with the tea bag strings. It makes for an easy cleanup, and no straining to worry about. It's a great recipe that I highly recommend.

  • JoanieS68
    Jan 8, 2012

    I am a Chai LOVER and this recipe was great! It made a lot, but I refrigerated the leftovers and had some the next 2 days! DELISH!

  • JoanieS68
    Jan 8, 2012

    I am a Chai LOVER and this recipe was great! It made a lot, but I refrigerated the leftovers and had some the next 2 days! DELISH!

  • corpuscissy
    Mar 16, 2011

    Oh yes, it is c l o v e s in chai tea, NO chocolate ! Looking at my box of chai tea and it uses black tea , cinnamon, Ginger Root, black pepper, cardamom, c l o v e s, and star anise.

  • corpuscissy
    Mar 16, 2011

    Live in South Texas,can someone let me know where to find cardamom "pods" ? We love chai tea but the chai tea bags I have found do not have enough spice, so I would like to try this one. Thanks !

  • dr_pace
    Jan 10, 2011

    a hot tea that I finely like; thanks so much for sharing!

  • LauraManning
    Nov 29, 2010

    Really great recipe.

  • hamy
    Jan 18, 2010

    I make this recipe often and love it! I have the recipe in the 2005 Taste of Home cookbook and it does say c-l-o-v-e, note dove, in the book. I highly recommend it!

  • Jeepinls
    Nov 14, 2009

    actually preparing to make, however I hope Kris in Michigan feels great about being born knowing all things culinary. A person familiar with chai spices would know it meant clove, even though it does kinda look like dove. Perhaps someone venturing out of the familiar would read the ingredient list and think"clove of garlic?" I find that reviews are helpful in locating tweaks for various recipes, and possible substitutions for hard to find ingredients. Lighten up =)