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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 91.1
  • Total Fat: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.8 mg
  • Sodium: 52.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g

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Simple Spiced Chai

Submitted by: ALDABATEUSE

Introduction

This is how I make chai when I need something warm that makes me feel enveloped in comfort without the added calories of my former addiction: hot chocolate. It's spicier (in a warming way that is very soothing) and lighter in taste than any chai from a coffee shop. The method is also quite authentic. If you can, make sure to use fresh, whole cardamom pods, whole cloves, and freshly ground black pepper. You can also add a couple of drops of vanilla extract or use a very small amount of fresh ginger. The recipe is calculated with four teaspoons of sugar, but it is completely up to you. This is how I make chai when I need something warm that makes me feel enveloped in comfort without the added calories of my former addiction: hot chocolate. It's spicier (in a warming way that is very soothing) and lighter in taste than any chai from a coffee shop. The method is also quite authentic. If you can, make sure to use fresh, whole cardamom pods, whole cloves, and freshly ground black pepper. You can also add a couple of drops of vanilla extract or use a very small amount of fresh ginger. The recipe is calculated with four teaspoons of sugar, but it is completely up to you.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Black tea--four bags or four teaspoons of any loose black tea leaves you fancy
    4 Cups cold water
    Milk, 2 % 2 cups
    Cardamom, 6-10 pods, lightly crushed, or 1 scant tablespoon ground
    Cinnamon, 2-4 sticks or 2 teaspoons ground
    Ginger, 1 tsp ground or 1 very small knob grated fresh ginger
    Freshly ground black pepper, 1 generous tsp
    Cloves, 6-10 whole or 1 scant tsp ground
    Sugar to taste

    Optional additions: about 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, lemon zest, orange zest

Directions

In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the milk and water. Bring to a gentle boil at medium-high heat. The milk and water is very prone to bubbling over, so it must be watched, but need not be stirred.
Once the mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and add the tea and spices, whisking or stirring the entire time. If the chai shows any signs of boiling over, remove it from the heat until it has calmed down, then return it to the warm burner.
Let the tea and spices steep for at least five minutes, until the chai turns a caramelly color, then ladle out individual servings. Add sugar to taste and enjoy.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ALDABATEUSE.






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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is delicious. It is just like the traditional chai that I get when I am on my meditation retreats. - 2/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is the same recipe that's used after my yoga classes. They skip the sugar and put either regular milk or soy milk in it to make it creamy. This chai is excellent and soothing for that awful first day of the menstrual cycle. - 6/20/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was delicious! The second time I added star anis and it was great! - 6/9/09

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  • 1 of 13 people found this review helpful
    tea - 2/18/09

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  • Very nice. I will adjust the amount of spices in the future as I found my first batch a bit too spicy... probably too much fresh ginger. Thanks! - 10/17/09

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  • How much milk do you use? I have had it in a tea house, homemade with no dairy at all, wonderful.
    Renee - 7/20/09

    Reply from ALDABATEUSE (8/11/09)
    Sorry, I meant to say that I put in 2 cups of milk.
    I also like to use unflavored rice milk, which has a nutty, slightly oily (but not in a bad way) flavor when added to hot liquid.


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