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Chai Latte (Homemade)

Chai Latte ~ Daily Dish magazine

 Chai Latte (Homemade)

Chai what is it?  The word means tea in many parts of the world so when we say Chai Tea, we are really saying tea – tea.  It is usually made with black tea but you can also find it with green or white tea.  It is made  up of various spices  ~cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper being the most common.  Other spices that can be used are fennel seed, Anise Star, nutmeg and coriander.   This tea is usually drank  with milk and sweetener.  The sweetener is to bring out the flavours of the spices.   

This tea is drank hot in India but here in the Western Countries we now drink it over ice, in milkshakes and even with chocolate.  The traditional tea is made with a heavy milk, but now it is drank will low fat milks, is decaffinated and low cal sweeteners are used.  To me it is the perfect drink warm to take the chill away on these cold, snowy days.


 Chai Latte ~ Daily Dish magazine

Chai Latte

Chai Latte

Yield: 3

A flavourful tea that can be enjoyed hot or cold


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/8 tsp anise
  • 1 anise star
  • 1/2 inch ginger sliced
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/8 tsp black peppercorn
  • 1/8 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  1. In medium saucepan, add milk, condensed milk, whipping cream, spices and water.
  2. On medium heat bring to boil.
  3. Turn heat down to low, add teabags, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Pour mixture through wire strainer to remove solid parts into cups.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.


  • If you would like a sweeter tea, add more condensed milk or other sweetener.


How do you like to drink your Chai?

For more recipes.

Homemade White Chai Concentrate

Chai Tea Smoothie

Homemade Chai Tea

Recipes with Chai in them:

Persimmon and Pear Spice Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Chia Biscotti

Chai Tea Bread

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A Canadian transplant into USA with an African husband, you can see my adventures in internationally cooking over at This and That.

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  1. Totally irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  2. Oh chai tea is my favorite! I keep a big box of tea at my desk, but homemade is the best! I love it hot. I’ve also played around with the tea packets, making tea and then using the tea to soak my oatmeal in. Let me tell you – so good! Thanks for posting your recipe – I’ve only had homemade at friends houses and will be sure to try this out!

  3. I was lucky enough to drink this in India in 1999 & it was so wonderful! I love spiced tea but never tried making a Chai Tea before but will now I’ve seen this! Thank you for the hint of nostalgia! Popping over from Say G’day! Andrea x

  4. Great recipe! I’ve got to try it, so I’m going to pin it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you like it… Let me know what you think if you make it.

  5. I love Chai, especially on a cool day. It is so comforting!

    1. Me too.. but I also have been drinking lots of iced chai this summer.

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